Widely regarded as the gem of Africa, South Africa has emerged from its troubled history to become a major player on the world stage. Rapid economic growth and an increasingly democratic culture have cemented the country’s status as a leader in diplomatic and anti-poverty initiatives across the continent. What’s more, it has carved out new roles for South Africa as a tourist destination and host for events like the World Cup. The country’s ascent into the ranks of the BRICS nations in 2010 made it clear how far South Africa had come after apartheid, but, much like the other nations in this bloc, its large economy has far to go.
Wings Up!Enjoy full meal service on your scheduled wide-bodied flight to South Africa.
Day2Arrive in Cape Town
Hotel Check InYou will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Cape Town, the mother city of
South Africa and the seat of Parliament. You will stay here for 3 nights.
Afternoon SightseeingYour guide will be pleased to take you on some introductory sightseeing including the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Botanical Gardens and South Africa Museum.
Day3Cape Town, Table Mountain, and Robben Island
Robben IslandOur day will start with a ferry ride to Robben Island where we will tour the prison where Nelson Mandela was
imprisoned for 17 years.
Explore Cape TownAfter returning to Cape Town we will visit the majestic Parliament buildings, the historic Castle of Good Hope and Old Cape Muslim Quarter (Malay Quarter).
Conquer Table MountainWe will then make an exciting
ascent up Table Mountain by a spectacular view of oceans, city and mountains in one breathtaking panorama.
First Concert PerformanceYour first concert performance will be today
Day4Cape Peninsular Tour
Tour the SeasideOur drive from Cape Town to Cape Point is one of South Africa's most scenic routes. We will pass through Cape Point before taking Chapman's Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, the meeting place of two oceans and marine ecosystems. The dramatic sea cliffs are the world's highest.
Return to Cape TownDuring our return to Cape Town we will view the naval base at Simonstown, the colorful fishing harbor of Kalk Bay and the oldest wine estate in the Cape at Groat Constantia. The glorious Cape Dutch Manor Houses recall the charm of a vanished era.
Second Concert PerformanceYour second concert performance will be today
Day5Travel to Johannesburg
Flight to JohannesburgWe will fly to Johannesburg and check into our hotel, where we will stay for one night.
Gold Reef CityWe will make a visit to Gold Reef City, a living museum depicting the early mining days in Johannesburg. We will descend underground in a mine hoist, try panning for gold and watch traditional
African tribal dancing as we experience the excitement of life in a Gold Rush town.
Third Concert PerformanceYour third concert performance will be today
Day6Onto the Drakensberg
Tour of SowetoWe will make an escorted tour of Soweto, the most famous of the black townships that played such a crucial
role in the struggle against apartheid. Our tour will be operated by a local operator who will show us the homes of Willie Mandela, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
Natal DrakensbergWe will drive south to the Natal Drakensberg which contains some of South Africa's most dramatic and majestic mountain scenery
Hotel Check InWe will stay at a family resort hotel that provides traditional hospitality.
Day7The Tugela Gorge
See the Tugela FallsWe will walk from Tendele Camp through veld and forest to the Tugela Gorge where we will gaze up at the
Inner and Outer towers of the famous amphitheater, the dramatic Devil's Tooth and its toothpick and the Tugela Falls, falling almost 3000ft. towards us! There will also be the opportunity for horseback riding.
Vista of South AfricaWe will drive to the Sentinel Car Park and follow a magnificent two mile trail amidst dramatic mountain scenery. Those who choose to climb the Chain Ladder will be rewarded with the most spectacular view in South Africa from the summit of the Amphitheater at an elevation of over 10,000ft.
Day9Travel to Kruger Park
South African HistoryAs we drive north to the Kruger area we will pass through Thukela, an area where some of the most important
conflicts in South Africa's history took place, including the Siege of Ladysmith and the battle of Spioenkup. We
will visit the Siege Museum at Ladysmith.
Hotel Check InWe will check in to our hotel, our post for the next 3 nights.
Day10Kruger National Park
Kruger ExplorationWe will spend two days exploring the southern section of the Kruger, justifiably the most famous wildlife park
in the world. The Kruger has a greater variety of animals than any park in Africa, including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, zebra and many varieties of antelope. We can explore the park
at leisure along a network of sealed roads.
Rest and RechargeSpend the night at comfortable camps with cabins and restaurants.
Day11Continue at Kruger
Kruger Day 2We will continue our exploration of the National Park today.
Day12Return to Johannesburg
Blyde River CanyonAfter leaving the Kruger we will drive to the Blyde River Canyon and the famous viewpoint which ranks
among the scenic wonders of Africa.
Pilgrim's FootWe will stop at Pilgrim's Rest, a 19th century gold mining town that is now a living open air museum
Night in JohannesburgWe will continue to Johannesburg for our flight the following day.
Day13Depart for Home
Final Farewells...Your enjoyable and rewarding tour will come to an end as your guide escorts you to the airport for your return