Itinerary (#8)

Safari Student Group to South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana

May 15-28, 2017  

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Arrive at Airport in Birmingham or Atlanta in time to connect with SA #210 from Washington Dulles departing for Johannesburg at 5:40 p.m.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Arrive in Cape Town at 5:20 p.m. Connect to a South African airways flight to Cape Town arriving at approximately 9:00 p.m. On arrival in Cape Town you will be will be met and transferred to your hotel next to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Overnight & breakfast                                               THE PORTSWOOD HOTEL

                                                                                    www.theportswood.co.za

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The PortsWood is part of Cape Town's colonial history. The restaurant and lobby are built over the original well and holding cells for prisoners en-route to Robben Island some 300 years ago. Today the PortsWood is famous for its uniquely personal approach to service - catering to the international travellers’ every need and anticipating their every desire. Rich in South Africa's unique culture, the PortsWood is a must for any traveller. The Portswood is conveniently located within a short walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Private full day Cape Town City and Table Mountain tour including Robben Island

9:00 a.m.          Morning 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.

 Lunch at a local restaurant in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (lunch included – drinks for own account)

 Continue on afternoon Cape Town City and Table Mountain tour, including all the 'must-sees' of any Cape Town day tour, this option is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

 Highlights

  • Table Mountain (cableway fee included, weather permitting)
  • A walk through the Company Gardens
  • The historic Castle of Good Hope

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 Overnight & breakfast                                               THE PORTSWOOD HOTEL

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Private full day Cape Point tour

This awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point encompasses magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world's most scenic areas and stretches from the City Centre to Cape Point.

 Note: The drive via Chapman's Peak is subject to the road being open. Ou Kaapse Weg will be used as an alternative route when necessary.

Lunch at a local restaurant (lunch included – drinks for own account)

Highlights

  • Atlantic Seaboard – Clifton, Camps Bay, Twelve Apostles
  • Hout Bay harbour (optional boat trip to Seal Island – cost excluded)
  • Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve & Cape Point
  • Boulder’s Beach Penguin Colony
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens including Tree Canopy Walkway

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Overnight & breakfast                                               THE PORTSWOOD HOTEL

 Friday, 19 May 2017

Scheduled half day Uthando Greenpop Tree Planting project

 Greenpop is a social enterprise on a mission to (re)connect people with our planet. They plant trees through urban greening and reforestation projects, spread environmental awareness and activate people through green festivals and workshops.

 Example Plant Day

Example Plant Day

9:00 am     Arrival & introduction to the school, nursery or community center with tea and coffee

9:15 am     Welcome talk by the Greenpop team & introduction to the beneficiary (quite often with a song

                 Or dance performance by the children)

9:30 am     Educational activities and games themed around tree planting and looking after the environment

10:00 am   Planting demonstration

10:30 am   Tree planting in mixed groups of children and participants

12:30 pm   Last touches of tree planting, playing with the children,

12:35 pm   Thanks from Greenpop / Uthando / hand-over of certificates and good-byes

Return to your hotel and afternoon at leisure for your own activities.

Overnight & breakfast                                               THE PORTSWOOD HOTEL  

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Early morning transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

7:00 am Depart on scheduled flight SA 306 (recommended flight)

8:55 am Arrive O.R. Tambo International Airport

On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Kliptown Youth Program, where you will participate in a

Half day volunteer program.

 The program is inspiring, and it not only addresses the issues of poverty but also shares the stories of some of the youth who are now at higher learning institutions, as well as those who are going. This program is led by Thulani who got an award for being one of the most inspiring youths in the world, was later sent to Harvard University, yet still works for the community.

 Afternoon at leisure for your own activities (entrance to the Gold Reef City Theme Park included).

Dinner at the hotel (dinner included – drinks for own account)

Overnight & breakfast                                               GOLD REEF CITY THEME PARK HOTEL

                                                                                    www.tsogosun.com

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Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel in Johannesburg is an authentic portrayal of a turn-of-the-century mining town hotel, is located within Africa’s largest theme park, and offers its guests a glimpse of a bygone era. Guests enjoy a choice of 75 luxurious en-suite rooms, access to the hotel’s private pools and gardens, and free access to the popular theme park. A host of family-friendly dining options are available, from Barney’s Restaurant and Bar to several well-known franchise restaurants, all located within the precinct. Several function rooms and conferencing facilities are available, while Johannesburg’s landmark Gold Reef Casino and Entertainment Complex is adjacent to the hotel. For those who wish to explore Johannesburg, several attractions are within easy reach – Soweto, the Apartheid Museum, the Cradle of Humankind, and many more. For comfort, and outstanding service, Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel is the family destination of choice in Johannesburg.

 Sunday, 21 May 2017

Private full day Soweto & Apartheid Museum tour

Soweto is a cluster of townships, on the south-western flank of Johannesburg and was created in the 1930s. It is the biggest black urban settlement in Africa with a rich political history. A visit to Soweto is seemlessly combined with a stop at The Apartheid Museum for an indepth discovery of 20th Century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story – a nation's resistance, courage and fortitude.

Lunch at Sakhumzi Restaurant in Soweto (lunch included – drinks for own account)

Sakhumzi Restaurant is located in Soweto – the largest black township in South Africa. Vilakazi Street, the tourist Mecca of Soweto, is where Sakhumzi opens its doors to anyone and everyone – from locals, to tourists and even corporate groups. Sakhumzi is a restaurant with true ‘kasi’ flavour. Kasi, meaning township – a vibrant community welcoming everyone in for lively local tunes and authentic home cooked Soweto food!

Highlights

  • Views from Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital
  • Mandela House Museum
  • Apartheid Museum

Dinner at the hotel (dinner included – drinks for own account)

Overnight & breakfast                                               GOLD REEF CITY THEME PARK HOTEL

Monday, 22 May 2017

Private transfer to your hotel at Sun City (approx. 2.5 – 3 hour drive)

Game drive in the Pilanesberg National Park with your guide and coach (park fee included)

Dinner at the hotel (dinner included – drinks for own account)

Overnight & breakfast                                              THE CABANAS HOTEL AT SUN CITY

                                                                                    www.suninternational.com

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The newly refurbished Cabanas hotel is situated at the Sun City Waterworld Lake, offering guests a contemporary twist and great ‘base’ to explore the resort. As the sun sets over the open spaces and rolling lawns the nights begin at the Cabanas Pool Deck, with chic cocktails and a vibrant island setting.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Morning game drive in open safari vehicles included (3 hours)

Afternoon game drive in the Pilanesberg National Park with your guide and coach (park fee included)

Dinner at the hotel (dinner included – drinks for own account)

Overnight & breakfast                                              THE CABANAS HOTEL AT SUN CITY

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Early transfer to O.R. Tambo International Airport

Depart on scheduled flight. Arrive Victoria Falls Airport. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your lodge.

Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River including snacks and drinks

The Zambezi Sunset cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the Spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River. Clients may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species. The Sunset cruise is very popular and includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets. Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline.

Dinner at MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant (dinner included - drinks for own account)

Table with view of the waterhole can be requested

Overnight & breakfast                                               LOKUTHULA LODGES

                                                                                    www.africaalbidatourism.com

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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.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Scheduled Meet the People Village tour

Clients are taken to an authentic rural village approximately 20km from Victoria Falls town where they are given the opportunity to watch local villagers going about their daily tasks. The tour enables the client to see rural life first hand; visiting rural homes, watching their fields being tended and possibly getting the chance to help in some of the day-to-day chores. Meet the village chief and learn about the way of life from him.

Guests are able to gain an insight into Zimbabwean rural life. This enables visitors to understand the cultural aspect of this life style and allows them to interact with different cultures, often for the first time.

Lunch at the Lookout Café (lunch included – drinks for own account)

Scheduled guided tour of the Falls on the Zimbabwean side

The Victoria Falls – Now in Its 150 Millionth Fantastic Year - Reaches Its Zenith in About May each year. It's a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature's Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight.

En route, clients may be taken past the 'Big Tree' where they may stop and take photos. Clients will be accompanied through the Rainforest by one of our qualified Guides who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist clients with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls

 Dinner at the Victoria Falls Hotel Jungle Junction

(dinner included and return transfers to Hotel – drinks for own account)

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Overnight & breakfast                                               LOKUTHULA LODGES

Friday, 26 May 2017

Scheduled Chobe Day trip including lunch

Chobe National Park is well known for its large herds of elephant that frequent the Chobe River on a daily basis. In the dry season an estimate of up to 85,000 elephants can be dispersed within the Chobe National Park, where the majority of them can be found along the river. Apart from the herds of elephants, Chobe also has lots more to offer. The Park has lion, leopard, buffalo and a whole host of antelope like sable, puku, kudu, eland, roan and many others which you can get to see. The river is filled with big pods of hippos and some of the biggest crocodiles in Africa.

This tour departs daily to the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Clients will be transferred to the Kazungula border where their Botswana guide will meet them. They will proceed straight to the morning cruise where they will spend the morning game viewing along the Chobe River. The cruise will end at around 12h30 and clients will go to a hotel on the riverbank for lunch. After lunch, guests will board safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive in the Chobe National Park. Following this they will be taken back to the Kazungula Border where they will be met by their Zimbabwean guide for their return transfer to Victoria Falls.

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7:00 to 7:30 – You will be picked up from your hotel, in a closed bus, and proceed on a 70km journey through the countryside to the Kazungula border.

8:30 – Arrival at the Kazungula Border, where you will exit Zimbabwe/Zambia and enter Botswana. At the border you will change vehicles and meet your Botswana guide.

8:45 – Once you have gone through Botswana immigration, you will take a short drive to Chobe Marina Lodge.

9:00 to 9:15 – Arrival at the hotel, where you will have a short bathroom break and will also be required to fill out the Park Entry form.

9:30 – Depart on your first activity: either game drive or boat cruise. If your group would like to go on a specific activity first, then you should please specify.

12:30 – Return to the hotel for lunch. This will be served either a la carte or buffet style, with a selection of traditional and modern day meals to choose from.

1:30 – Depart for your second activity. This will be the activity which you have not done yet. If you did the boat cruise in the morning, then you will do a game drive in the afternoon and vice versa.

4:00 – Return from the Park and head back to the Kazungula Border.

4:30 – Meet your Wild Horizons bus for your transportation back to your hotel.

5:30 – Arrive at your hotel.

You will be picked up and transported to the Boma Restaurant for dinner (dinner included – drinks for own account).

Overnight & breakfast                                               LOKUTHULA LODGES

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport

Depart on scheduled flight and arrive O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Connect with your international flight home via SA.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Arrive at Dulles International Airport at 6:30 a. and connect with your domestic airlines flight to Atlanta.

COSTS:

South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana

Each of 20 – 29 full paying passengers                                                               $4,420.00

 Single supplement                                                                                             $650.00

Included

  • All Flights *Prices subject to change
  • Accommodation:  4 nights The Portswood Hotel; 2 nights Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel; 2 nights The Cabanas Hotel at Sun City; 3 nights Lokuthula Lodges
  • Meals: breakfast throughout; 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Transfers and touring as specified in a 44 seater coach in Cape Town and Johannesburg
  • Qualified English speaking guides throughout
  • Entrance fees: Table Mountain Cableway fee, SA Museum, Castle of Good Hope, Robben Island ferry ticket, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Beach, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Mandela House, Apartheid Museum
  • 3 game drives in the Pilanesberg National Park with open safari vehicles
  • Chobe Day trip
  • Transfers in Victoria Falls Tour as per itinerary plus guided Sunset cruise, Meet the People and Falls Tour
  • Porterages
  • VAT and tourism levy

Not included:

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

 

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

QUOTATION IS SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION BY HENDERSON TRAVEL SERVICE AND ITS SOUTH AFRICAN DESTINATION MANAGEMENT COMPANY AT THE TIME OF BOOKING AND MAY BE AFFECTED BY AIR, FUEL INCREASES, ACCOMMODATION AVAILABILITY OR ANY OTHER STATUTORY INCREASE BEYOND OUR CONTROL.

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.

 

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