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Golden Triangle Safari featuring South Africa & Victoria Falls

South Africa & Victoria Falls

Cape Town | Sun City | Johannesburg | Victoria Falls

Tour Length: 10 days
From $2,895 per person

Our Golden Triangle Safari featuring South Africa & Victoria Falls links Cape Town’s waterfront beauty with Sun City’s The Palace of the Lost City, nestled in an extinct volcanic crater, surrounded by a Big 5 nature reserve. And to top it off, 2 nights in a luxury resort, set against the heart-stopping backdrop of beloved Victoria Falls.

Golden Triangle Safari Cape Town aerial view

Touch down in glorious Cape Town to begin this adventure-of-a-lifetime. Explore her peninsula, at the Cape of Good Hope – with its quaint fishing villages, colonies of barking seals and a most improbable collection of arctic penguins. Aerial View of Cape Town, South Africa Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Cape Winelands; tour a vineyard and stroll the quaint streets of Stellenbosch.

Then wing your way to Sun City and discover The Palace of the Lost City. Styled in opulent African colors and architectural features, The Palace is

Our Golden Triangle Safari featuring South Africa & Victoria Falls maprated as one of the Leading Hotels of the World.

One of the great African experiences is a Big 5 safari in a 4×4 safari cruiser, and you will enjoy two of these thrilling adventures in the Pilanesberg National Game Reserve. This exclusive safari opportunity is one of many exciting Sun City activities, which include world-class golfing, dining and touring.

Overland to Johannesburg, the vibrant and pulsing capital city, where you have a brief stop before winging to Victoria Falls – what the locals call the “Smoke that Thunders”. Delight in a guided tour of the Falls and ply the famed Zambezi River on a sunset boat cruise.

Golden Triangle  Tour Itinerary

Day 1-3 Cape Town (3 nights)
Spy penguins, seals, ostriches and cavorting baboons on a full day drive to the tip of the Cape of Good Hope. Standing at the edge of the continent, perhaps you can see where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Enjoy another full day of glorious scenery travelling through the Winelands: tour a vineyard, samples the wines and admire the old Cape Dutch architecture at Stellenbosch.

Day 4-6 Sun City (3 nights)
Sheer opulence awaits at the famed Palace of the Lost City – one of the most beloved and eclectic destinations in South Africa. Indulge in a huge array of activities and sports, including a man-made wave pool! During your 3 night stay you will enjoy exciting wildlife safaris within Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Open safari vehicles venture forth in pursuit of the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo.

Day 7 Johannesburg (1 night)
Drive to the ‘big city’, stopping enroute at a popular village where locals ply their wares and tourists bargain for the perfect souvenir. Arrive at your 5 star downtown hotel, for a perfect night’s rest.

Day 8-9 Victoria Falls (2 nights)
Wing to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Enjoy a multi-hued sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, watching out for crocodile and inquisitive hippos, while sipping wine and feeling the spray from the Falls. The following day, you will explore the impressive Falls on a guided walking tour.

Day 10 Depart Johannesburg
Fly back to Johannesburg and connect with your departure flight.

EXTENSIONS AVAILABLE
3 days Chobe National Park, Botswana. CHOBE GAME LODGE.
Per Person from $1,695 
Guests will explore the Chobe River and the abundant wildlife and bird species of Chobe National Park. Counter-balancing the wilderness is this restful, air conditioned, ensuite game lodge, with graceful high arches, quarry tiled floors and barrel vaulted ceilings that create an atmosphere of cool tranquility. The Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent game lodge located within the National Park.

3 days Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger Park, South Africa. SABI SABI BUSH LODGE.
Per Person from $2,450  (excluding air fare)
South Africa’s finest wildlife refuge, this is home to all the Big Five. Venture forth on morning and afternoon guided game drives, in open safari vehicles, expertly maneuvered by professional game rangers. During the quiet midday, let your five senses guide you on a thrilling walking safari!

Beauty and the Beasts South Africa Safari

Cape Town, Winelands, North & South Kruger Park

Visit Cape Town, Winelands, North & South Kruger Park on our Beauty and the Beasts South Africa Safari: Wildlife, Winelands and Waterfront. An extended exploration of Southern Africa, including the romance of Cape Town, the wine tastings in Stellenbosch, the astonishing array of flora and fauna of the Moditlo Private Game Reserve along the Nbesi River and in the shadows of the Malelane Mountain range in the Mthethomusha Game Reserve, with an option to extend your trip to the rushing waters of Victoria Falls.

Tour Length: 11 days

From $4,495 per person

Cape Town, Winelands, North & South Kruger Park penguin close-upOur first glimpse of South Africa’s grandeur starts in Cape Town; Four nights at the colorful and bustling waterfront. A full schedule of sightseeing in the city and environs showcases the incomparable beauty of the area. An overnight in the Winelands allows you sample award-winning vintages and stroll through the quaint village of Franschhoek.

Then it is off on safari – winging to South Africa’s prime game viewing regions. Moditlo Private Game Reserve is your first lodge, located near the border of famed Kruger Park. Morning and afternoon game drives, in open safari vehicles, reveal an astonishing wealth of wildlife: lions, giraffe, leopard, hippo, rhino and elephant – to name just a few.

Your second lodge is located to the south, within the stunning rock-strewn Malelane Mountain range. In addition to the daily game drives available, Bongani Mountain Lodge boasts access to San Bushmen rock art – the greatest concentration of ancient rock art found anywhere on earth!

Beauty and the Beasts  Tour Itinerary

Cape Town, Winelands, North & South Kruger Park Beauty & The Beasts safari mapDay 1-4. Cape Town (4 nights)
On arrival at Cape Town Airport, you will be met by your Great Safaris Guide who will assist you to the vehicle for your private transfer to your elegant waterfront hotel.

One of the world’s most picturesque tourist destinations and most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town is situated amidst majestic mountains and is surrounded by pristine white beaches. Often called the ‘cosmopolitan hub of Africa’, Cape Town is home to a rich cultural and historical heritage, vibrant restaurants and nightlife and a multitude of activities, from extreme sports to leisurely scenic cruises and world-class shopping.

Enjoy a morning tour of the city center, Table Mountain, the Malay Quarter and the Cape Castle. A full day excursion of the Cape Peninsula, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Hout Bay and Simonstown is also included.

Day 5 Stellenbosch Cape Winelands (1 night)
South Africa’s prime wine-growing region, founded in 1679, Stellenbosch is the oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town. Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape winelands, it is the food and wine heartland of the country. Learn the history of the “French Quarter” and enjoy a wine tasting Museum visit.

Explore Stellenbosch for a vineyard tour and tasting at Spier, undoubtedly the most unique development in the wine world, and Eagle Encounters, a bird of prey rehabilitation, education, conservation and ecotourism center.

Day 6-8 Moditlo River Lodge (Greater Kruger Park) (3 nights)
Wing from Cape Town to Kruger Park. With over 65 square miles to roam, all animals of the great African wilderness can be seen on the Blue Mountain Conservancy, from lions to elephants, hyenas to rhinos, not to mention giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, impala, kudu, eland and nyala. The Conservancy’s landmark is the magnificent silhouette of the Drakensberg mountains – spectacular, especially at sunset, occasionally accompanied by packs of wild dogs, one of the rarest and most exciting sightings of what is perhaps the most effective predator of the savanna. Almost 400 species of birds inhabit the reserve alone, including the highly endangered ground hornbill.

Depart this afternoon for the first game drive in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. Enjoy sundowners in the bush, as you witness the multi-hued African sunset.

Day 9-10 Mthetomusha Game Reserve (Greater Kruger Park) (2 nights)
After your early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge, depart for an overland drive to the Mthethomusha Game Reserve.

The Bongani Mountain Lodge is beautifully located in the shadows of the Malelane Mountain range in 20,000 acres of the Mthetomusha Game Reserve, on the south western border of the Kruger National Park. Its altitude allows guests the unique opportunity to experience the Big Five. Walk the ancient paths once used by the San Bushman people of over 250 San rock art sites estimated to be 1,500 years old. This San bushman art site is, to date, the greatest concentration of rock art per square yard on earth.

Experienced rangers and Swazi trackers lead interpretive game-drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles.

Day 11  Kruger / Johannesburg / Departure
After a final game drive followed by breakfast, transfer to Kruger MQP Airport for your departure flight to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, where you will connect to your outward flight and bid “farewell” to Africa.

OPTIONAL Excursion to the Victoria Falls and Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi – 4 days.

LAND RATE: $975 per person  Supplement for Single: $295

  • Day 11 Johannesburg Airport City Lodge at the OR Tambo Airport Hotel
  • Day 12 Fly to Victoria Falls for two nights at the Ilala Lodge with breakfasts.
  • Day 13 Guided sightseeing tour of the Falls & afternoon Zambezi River cruise.
  • Day 14 Return to Johannesburg by air and depart

Winelands, Whales & Wildlife

South Africa

Tour Length: 14 days

Cape Town | Winelands | Garden Route: Hermanus & Knysna | Johannesburg | Greater Kruger Park

South Africa – a world in one country! Self-drive on our Winelands, Whales & Wildlife safari through the breathtaking wine country, the magnificient Garden Route, and top it off with the adventure of the wilds of Kapama Private Game Reserve. From $3,995 per person

Winelands, Whales & Wildlife elephantsSouth Africa is truly a “world in one country”. The fabric of this nation is woven with many different colors and textures that never fail to titillate the senses. The modern transport infrastructure beckons the guest to explore at leisure, from the comfort of a personal rental car. After landing in Cape Town, the ‘most beautiful harbor in the world’, explore her Cape of Good Hope, the brightly painted Malay Quarters and vibrant townships that crowd up against the Atlantic shoreline. Drive through the breathtaking Winelands; savor local wines and explore the quaint shops of Stellenbosch.

Winelands, Whales & WildlifeAt nearby Hermanus, the Southern Right Whales breach and frolic merely an arms’ length from land. Turning eastward, enter the magnificent Garden Route, a swatch of oceanfront beauty lapped by the warm waves of the Indian Ocean. Knysna is the destination of choice, a natural wonderland that touches the senses and restores the spirit.

After a restful night in Johannesburg, it is time to go on safari! Kruger National Park – South Africa’s finest wildlife refuge – is home to all the Big Five. Venture forth on daily game drives, in open safari vehicles, escorted by passionate and professional game rangers.

For those who prefer to ‘leave the driving to us’, this itinerary can be operated with a private car and driver/guide.  If you have a little more time, consider an extension to Namibia or fly north to Victoria Falls.

Winelands, Whales & Wildlife map

Winelands, Whales & Wildlife Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA
Soaring to South Africa!

Day 2-4 Cape Town (3 nights)
Admire quaint fishing villages and espy penguins and seals enroute to the glorious Cape of Good Hope. Hop on the Robben Island ferry and tour the prison that incarcerated Nelson Mandela.

Day 5 Winelands (1 night)
Sip fine wines, explore vineyards and admire Cape Dutch architecture in this exquisitely beautiful rural paradise.

Day 6 Hermanus (1 night)
Perhaps the best whale watching in the world! Explore the village and watch breaching whales and dolphins.

Day 7-8 Knysna (2 nights)
Relax on the beach, hike through lush forest or skim over emerald green lagoons in this glamorous heart of the Garden Route.

Day 9 Johannesburg (1 night)
Wing to Johannesburg and overnight in luxury.

Day 10-12 Kruger Park (3 nights)
Kruger, by air, and thrilling safari days ahead. Wildlife abounds including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and rhino. Daily game drives, walking safaris and superb cuisine.

Day 13 Depart Johannesburg
Fly to Johannesburg and homeward.

Day 14 Arrive USA
With remarkable memories.