Jamieson Travel & Tours
Itinerary at a Glance:
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Day 2 Sandton, South Africa
Day 3 Sandton, South Africa
Day 4 Sandton - Soweto - Sandton
Day 5 Panoramic Route - Kruger National Park
Day 6 Kruger National Park - Safari Game Drive
Day 7 Kruger National Park - Johannesburg - Knysna
Day 8 Knysna
Day 9 Knysna - Oudtshoorn - Knysna
Day 10 Knysna - Stellenbosch
Day 11 Stellenbosch
Day 12 Stellenbosch - Cape Town
Day 13 Cape Town
Day 14 Cape Town
Day 15 Cape Town - Tour Ends
*Optional Victoria Falls Extension*
South Africa’s cosmopolitan cities, posh resorts, expansive desert, magnificent wildlife and fertile wine country combine with a harmonious mix of many cultures to create a beautiful mosaic to discover on this 14-day tour.
Highlights Include: Johannesburg, Soweto, Panoramic Route, Kruger National Park, Safari Game Drive, Garden Route, Featherbed Nature Reserve, Ostrich Farm Visit, Wine Pairing Dinner, Cape Town, Table Mountain
Cancellation Waiver and Medical Insurance flat rate of $400 per person (regardless of age). Cancellation Waiver only of $330 per person (regardless of age). Insurance must be purchased at the time of booking.
Day 1 - Monday, February 6, 2017
Fly to Sandton, South Africa. Today is a travel day. After our pickups along Hwy 17 (Pembroke to Montreal Airport), we take our overnight flight to Amsterdam from Montreal. We stretch our legs for 3 hours then board our direct flight to airport to Sandton, (Johannesburg).
Sandton, South Africa. Welcome to South Africa! We will arrive this afternoon from Amsterdam and transfer to our hotel.
Sandton, South Africa - Tour Begins. Your journey begins in Sandton, a city established in 1969. Famous for its rich veins of gold and other valuable minerals, it is now the bustling cosmopolitan centre of greater Johannesburg.
Sandton - Soweto - Sandton. Today, your Tour Manager helps you discover the history of the languages you will experience on your tour along with key words and phrases. A guided tour of Soweto - South West Township - showcases luxurious mansions and informal settlements as you learn about the historical significance of the area. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum which commemorates the role of the country's students in the struggle against apartheid. Experience the regional lifestyle when joining locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen, or house tavern. This afternoon, have some time to ponder history at Liliesleaf, the location of Nelson Mandela's arrest and the former centre and place of refuge of the liberation movement. Gather this evening with your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. (B, L, D)
Panoramic Route - Kruger National Park. Travel through the spectacular Northern Drakensberg Mountain Range en route to Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. Scenic wonders surround you as you pass through the Blyde River Canyon, made mostly of red sandstone and known as one of Africa's greatest natural wonders. Set against the triple mountain formation of the Three Rondovals, resembling traditional round houses of the indigenous people, the canyon is the third largest in the world. Along this magnificent route you will also see Bourke's Luck Potholes, the dramatic natural cylinders shaped by millions of years of natural erosion caused by fast-flowing sand filled waters. This evening, enjoy a traditional BOMA dinner under the stars, where you may sample some local game meat!
Kruger National Park - Safari Game Drive. Have your cameras ready for an unforgettable day of adventure and excitement! Enjoy a full-day open-air-vehicle safari game drive. A local expert leads you in search of the "Big 5" - elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino - and provides insight into these fascinating animals along the way. Watch carefully - you may also see a graceful impala, dazzling zebra or gorgeous giraffe. Relax with a picnic lunch surrounded by the natural beauty of Kruger National Park. (B, L, D)
Kruger National Park - Johannesburg - Knysna. Travel back to Johannesburg to board your flight to George. Upon arrival, travel to the picturesque resort town of Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route, to enjoy a 3-night stay. (B)
Knysna. Today you visit nearby Featherbed Nature Reserve. Begin with a lagoon cruise out to the famous Knysna Heads which mark the entrance to the lagoon. Next, board a 4x4 vehicle and travel deep into the forest. Discover the local flora and fauna during a leisurely paced nature walk. Enjoy lunch amongst the ancient milkwood trees - so called because of their white latex sap - before your return cruise. This afternoon, visit Plettenberg Bay, a tranquil and charming town originally known as "Bahia Formosa" (or "Beautiful Bay"). Enjoy views of beaches, dramatic rock formations and lagoons. Later you return to Knysna. (B, L, D)
Knysna - Oudtshoorn - Knysna. This morning, your township tour will highlight the diversity of this community followed by a touching experience as you visit a school. Learn about the efforts of the Collette Foundation and the local community to conquer the challenges of education the children of the region. Travel to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of South Africa. Enjoy a guided tour of one of the oldest working ostrich farms in the area, then enjoy a tractor safari through the farm viewing ostriches in various stages of development in the Lucerne fields. An outdoor barbecue lunch adds to an amazing day. Upon your return to Knysna, enjoy some time to independently explore the charming waterfront area. (B, L)
Knysna - Stellenbosch. Before leaving the Garden Route, enjoy a visit to the Aloe Ferox region where you will enjoy an aloe-tapping demonstration and a stroll in the indigenous gardens. Next, journey to the heart of the beautiful winelands region, known for its colourful mountains and endless vineyards. This evening, enjoy a wine pairing dinner. (B, D)
Stellenbosch. Later this morning you set out on a walking tour of Stellenbosch - one of the oldest European settlements in the region - with a local expert. The afternoon is at leisure to explore, visit a museum, or shop. Later, enjoy a wine tasting complemented by some local savories. (B)
Stellenbosch - Cape Town. This morning, travel to Cape Town to enjoy a panoramic tour of this beautiful harborside city. Capetown celebrates its noted architecture that fuses the traditions of the French, German, and Dutch. Enjoy a thrilling ride on a cable car as it whisks you to an altitude of more than 3,000 feet, landing atop the aptly named - and flat-topped - Table Mountain. The views of Cape Town, Robben Island and Lion's Head will leave you breathless. Return to the city via Table Bay, passing through the Malay Quarter with its mosques and minarets. Make a special stop at the Milnerton Lighthouse. (B)
Cape Town. Explore the coastal scenery and charming towns that populate the Cape Peninsula. Travel out to Cape Point, stopping for a visit with the penguins at Boulders Beach. On your return, explore the fascinating and famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to over 5,000 species of plants native to South Africa. (B)
Cape Town. The day is yours to explore Cape Town. Your Tour Manager is available to offer suggestions. This evening, experience a unique farewell to Africa as you enjoy a lesson on the Djembe Drums to learn the local beat. Then, experience a soothing hand washing ceremony before a communal African dining experience! (B, D)
Cape Town - Tour Ends. Your tour ends today in Cape Town. Transfer to the airport to begin our journey home. (B)
Fly this morning to one of the world's natural wonders, Victoria Falls, and transfer to the Victoria Falls Hotel, known as the "grand old lady of the falls." Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of this historic hotel. Tonight, enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Zambezi River, taking in the majestic African sunset. ($2700/person dbl. Includes: All flights, 3 nights accom, 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner). Not included: Zimbabwe visa ($75US)
After breakfast, you have an opportunity to mingle with the residents of a local village. Next, interact with African elephants, up-close and in their natural environment. Following lunch, with a local family, take a walking tour of Victoria Falls. Shop at a local curio market before returning to your hotel. (B, L)
Your day is free to explore independently. Or, perhaps you will decide to take an optional full day excursion to Chobe National Park in Botswana. (B)
Today your tour ends in Johannesburg. Transfer to the airport to begin your journey home. (B)
Double Occupancy - $6,059 per person
Single Occupancy - $7,029 per person
Victoria Falls Extension - Double - $2,700 per person
*All prices are in Canadian dollars and include all air taxes. *
To book this tour, please call our office at 1-888-582-7011 (local 613-582-7011).
A deposit of $250 per person plus insurance (if purchasing) must be provided by August 24, 2016. Bookings made after this date are subject to availability and change in price.
Names as they appear on passports along with date of birth, passport number and expiry date are required.
Balances are due December 21, 2016.