Includes airfare, hotel, tours, transfers, and baggage handling
Safari Land Tour
October 1, 2019
Spend 12 nights exploring the incredible variety that South Africa and Zimbabwe have to offer. Delve into the complexity of its history, the romanticism of its wildlife and its varied landscape. You will begin your Journey in Cape Town, a city with a rich history and an imposing landscape. Travel to the top of the legendary Table Mountain and explore other city highlights. A moving visit to Robben Island will give you firsthand insight into Nelson Mandela’s island-prison. You will also explore the nautical side of South Africa with a full day tour of Cape Peninsula. Travel to world-renowned Stellenbosch for a day touring South Africa’s increasingly prestigious wine industry. Then, it’s off to the Thornybush Nature Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, for the highlight of your trip! You will participate in six exhilarating game drives, where you will have the possibility of seeing Africa’s “Big 5”. Journey on to Johannesburg, where you will gain insight to a city that is, on one hand steeped in history, while at the same time, is creating its own new and vibrant identity. You will see the place that served as a major catalyst for ending Apartheid and glimpse at South Africa’s vibrant modern lifestyle. You will then leave South Africa and travel to Zimbabwe, where you will visit one of the Natural Wonders of the World—Victoria Falls. You will enjoy a cruise on the serene river above the falls and also have an opportunity to view its raw, commanding power. Visits: Cape Town, Thornybush, Hoedspruit, Johannesburg, South Africa; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
|1||Arrive Cape Town and transfer to hotel|
|2||Cape Town – Free day to relax, evening welcome dinner|
|3||Cape Town – Full-day tour of the city|
|4||Cape Town – Full-day tour of Cape Peninsula|
|5||Cape Town – Full-day tour of the Cape Winelands & Stellenbosch|
|6||Cape Town to Thornybush Nature Reserve – Check out of Hotel & Fly to Hoedspruit then transfer by Coach/Vehicle to Thornybush Nature Reserve. Evening Game Drive (Safari)|
|7||Thornybush Nature Reserve – Morning and evening game drives|
|8||Thornybush Nature Reserve – Morning and evening game drives|
|9||Thornybush Nature Reserve to Johannesburg – Morning Game Drive, Check out of Hotel, Transfer to Hoedspruit Airport, Fly to Johannesburg, Transfer to Hotel & Check in|
|10||Johannesburg – Half-day tour of the city|
|11||Johannesburg to Victoria Falls – Check out of Hotel, Transfer to Airport, Fly to Victoria Falls, Transfer to Lodge & Check in. Sundowner Cruise of Zambezi River|
|12||Victoria Falls – Full-day tour with visit to local community|
|13||Check out of Lodge, Transfer to Airport, Fly to Johannesburg and Return Home|
DAY 1 – Arrival in Cape Town, South Africa: After arrival in Cape Town, clear customs and immigration. Your Enrichment Journeys representative will welcome you to South Africa and you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.
DAY 2 – Cape Town, South Africa: Today is at your leisure to sleep in, adjust to the new time zone and relax. Explore the surrounding area on your own or simply enjoy the facilities at the hotel, then join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (B,D)
DAY 3 – Cape Town, South Africa: After breakfast, you will be greeted by your Enrichment Journey tour guide. Start the day by taking a ferry to Robben Island, the island-prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years. View his maximum security cell and the lime quarries where he was forced to labor. This World Heritage Site is now a landmark paying tribute to Mandela’s lifelong fight against oppression. Then, take a ride up to the legendary Table Mountain where you will enjoy breath-taking views of city. After winding your way back down the Mountain you will continue on a tour of some of Cape Town’s most significant landmarks (B,D)
DAY 4 – Cape Town, South Africa: Spend the day exploring the Cape Peninsula. Your tour begins with drive past the pristine beaches that lead this area of the continent to be dubbed the “Fairest Cape”. Meander along the coast to Hout Bay, a functioning harbour nestled among the hills of the region. Weather permitting, you will take a ferry ride from the Bay around Seal Island. Watch the hundreds of Cape Fur Seals who live on the island frolic in the water or sunbath on the rocks. Once back on land, continue to a tea-bag craft shop. This shop started as a project whereby people from the local village were taught how to create quality products such as candle holders, stationary trays and greeting cards using recycled teabags. The products became so popular they now have shop where the artisans can sell their products. After leaving the shop, you will continue to Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most breath-taking views in South Africa. This winding road hugs the cliffs giving panoramic views of the ocean as well as the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Here you will ride up on the funicular for a truly magnificent view. Continue on to lunch with lovely views of False Bay and the harbour. Meander along the coastline to the historic naval port of Simon Town, and view the adorable penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach. Return to the hotel where evening will be at your leisure. (B,L)
DAY 5 – Cape Town, South Africa: Spend the day exploring the winelands of South Africa. The vineyards of this region have been growing in prestige for many years. Drive out to the gently rolling hills of the Paarl Valley and the little village of Franschhoek, finally stop for a wander around Stellenbosch with its charming Cape Dutch architecture, and quaint shops. Then journey along to the vineyards. Enjoy a cellar tour and wine tasting at different vineyards, before enjoying lunch at a leading wine estate. After this, return to Cape Town where the remainder of the day will be at your leisure. (B,L)
DAY 6 – Cape Town to Thornybush Nature Reserve: Today you will fly from Cape Town to Hoedspruit and then transfer to the Thornybush Nature Reserve. Located within the 34,600 acre (14,000 hectare) wilderness adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Thornybush Nature Reserve offers an extraordinary safari experience where the wildlife roams freely in their natural environment. The possibilities of Game sighting are simply unparalleled, including the much-sought-after ‘Big 5’ (Lion, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, African Leopard, and Rhinoceros). After lunch and time to relax after your trip, head out for an afternoon game drive with fellow lodge guests. Your first game drive will continue into a night drive where you will search for nocturnal animals such as lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Afterwards return to camp for dinner and a relaxing evening around the fireplace. (B,L,D)
DAY 7 & 8 – Thornybush Nature Reserve: Rise early during your stay at the nature reserve for morning game drives. Here you will search of lions, elephants, zebras, wildebeest, giraffe, waterbuck and kudu. Return to your camp for lunch and relaxation before setting out again for an evening game drive. (B,L,D)
Day 9 – Thornybush Nature Reserve to Johannesburg: After an early morning wake-up call, head out on your final safari game drive in search of any animals not spotted the day before. Once you return to the camp, enjoy a hearty breakfast and time to relax before transferring to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Once you arrive, transfer to your hotel for a relaxing evening on your own. (B)
Day 10 – Johannesburg: After breakfast at your hotel you will be collected for your tour of Johannesburg. You will begin with a tour of the South Western Township, known primarily as Soweto. This area gives a glimpse of vibrant modern life in South Africa, while giving fascinating insight its history of oppression and the uprising that caused this township to take its place on the World-Stage. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and learn more about the tragic riots which lead to his death. Then continue on to Nelson Mandela’s former home, which is now a museum paying tribute to his incredible life of sacrifice and service to the people of South Africa. (B,L)
Day 11 – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: After transferring to the airport, check-in to your flight to Victoria Falls. After clearing immigration and customs (visa is issued upon arrival), meet your Zimbabwe representative for you transfer to the lodge. Later in the afternoon you will be transferred to the Zambezi River above the Falls for a serene sunset cruise aboard a modern, luxury, solar-powered catamaran. Float along the river in the plush comfort of deep set couches, enjoying your cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. As you sail upstream to watch the glorious sunset, you will see wild herds along the riverbanks getting their last drink of the night, and flocks of birds skim the waterline and then soar off into the setting sun. Afterwards, return to the lodge for dinner. (B,D)
Day 12 – Victoria Falls: After breakfast you will be collected for your tour of The Falls. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is truly as astonishingly magnificent, as it is powerful. Throughout the morning you will move to several different vantage points to get a perspective of just how spectacular The Falls are. The thunderous noise as millions of gallons of water surge over the precipice into a series of narrow gorges truly provides one of Nature’s most spectacular shows. After your visit to the Falls you will continue to an interactive visit to a local village where you can learn about traditional Zimbabwean life and culture. Back at the hotel, freshen up before dinner – a unique culinary event nestled in the Gusu Forest! Experience local customs, cuisines and delight in a performance of folkloric singers and dances. (B,D)
Day 13 – Victoria Falls to Johannesburg and Onward: Transfer to the airport for your flight back to South Africa where you will connect to your flight home. (B)
During your 13-day excursion, you will explore stunning South Africa and Zimbabwe. The trip should be considered moderately active, involving walking to various sites in the cities and around Victoria Falls. Most days include a full day tour with 2 meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure and time to relax in the evening. The hotel has a restaurant on property, where you may grab a quick bite and have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining.
The land portion of the trip should be considered moderately active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.
A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist.
The focus of this Enrichment Journey is on local culture, natural beauty and wildlife. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking this trip.
Recommended Reading List
Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in the destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:
Fiction/ Non-Fiction Accounts
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
A History of South Africa by Leonard Thompson
Harvest of Thorns by Shimmer Chinodya
The Last Resort by Douglas Rogers
South Africa by Insight Guides
Cape Town, the Winelands & the Garden Route by Rough Guides
South Africa – in general: http://www.southafrica.net/blog/en/landing/blog-home
South Africa – Cape Town: http://youngadventuress.com/2015/11/cape-town-visit.html
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|Routing||Transportation||Approximate Travel Time|
|Cape Town – Hoedspruit||Airline||2 – 3 hours|
|Hoedspruit – Johannesburg||Airline||1 – 1.5 hours|
|Johannesburg – Victoria Falls||Airline||1.5 – 2 hours|
|Victoria Falls – Johannesburg||Airline||1.5 – 2 hours|
Prices may change. Call for rates.
|10/01/2019||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Boston||$350||NYC/John F. Kennedy||$0||Phoenix||$500|
|Denver||$550||Los Angeles||$500||San Diego||$400|
|Washington – Dulles||$350||Orlando||$350||San Francisco||$450|
|– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
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The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.
Address: Portwood Square, Portswood Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
Phone: +27 21 415 1000
The Commodore Hotel lies where Table Mountain and the sea meet. Overlooking the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, with views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, is the luxury accommodation of The Commodore Hotel. A short walk from V & A Waterfront, this harbour-view hotel is also nearby the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Cape Town Diamond Museum. The classic rooms feature minibars, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. The Commodore Hotel is Legacy’s flagship hotel in Cape Town, epitomizing stylish living, quality service and a tranquil setting that have ensured our guests return year after year. Amenities include cocktail bar and relaxed restaurant, offering a harbour-side terrace and international dishes, 24-hour room service, a 24-hour gym and spa (with treatments for a surcharge).
Address: Thornybush Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Phone: +27 15 793 1976
Adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park and set on the banks of a tranquil lake encompassed with breath-taking views of the African bushveld, Thornybush Waterside Lodge affords instant relaxation. The lodge has been designed to blend into the natural habitat located along pathways surrounded by an abundance of trees and manicured gardens.
Address: 135 West Street, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton (Gauteng), Johannesburg 2146, South Africa
Johannesburg’s upscale Sandton neighborhood is the city’s business center where many major international companies house their headquarters. Its heart is Nelson Mandela Square with its large, nearly 20-foot sculpture of the country’s first democratically elected president. The Michelangelo, a retreat in the square’s bustle, overlooks this leafy enclave. The Renaissance-style hotel is venerated for its easy access to the neighborhood’s shopping, dining and entertainment, many located in the adjacent square. Guests can take advantage of a fitness center with personal trainers, a sauna and heated indoor pool. The spa is acclaimed, especially for its grass-covered sundeck. Expert but unobtrusive service has long made the hotel a leading choice for travelers.
Address: 471 Squire Cummings Ave, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe,
Phone: +263 13 43211-20 or +263 13 43201
The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge offers personalized, premium service from a professional and committed staff team. With a focus on exclusivity & modern design, this really is a chance to experience Victoria Falls accommodations and Victoria Falls activities at their best. This Lodge looks out over the Zambezi National Park, which is abundant with game, ensuring a brilliant safari experience without having to leave its main deck. Space, style and absolute comfort in fully equipped, conditioned rooms will make your stay completely seamless and ultimately rewarding.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.
During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.
Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.
Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.
Luggage Screening Process
To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.
Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.
In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.
Here are a few key item to take on your trip:
Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.
Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.
Your Health and Comfort
Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment
Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.
The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.
Medical Issues and Handicaps
As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.
Please speak with on of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.
Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.
If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.
While on Tour
Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the journey, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.
A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.
All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.
Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these items are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your date of return. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage to South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information.
The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
U.S. citizens (U.S. passport holders) visiting the Republic of South Africa for ninety (90) days or less for tourism / business purposes do not need visas. Visas are required by most visitors to Zimbabwe and can usually be obtained at your point of entry. Citizens of the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, most EU countries, Israel and Japan as well as a number of other countries will receive their visas at the airport or border post upon payment of requisite fees. However, some nationalities will have to apply for and obtain a Zimbabwe visa prior to traveling.
Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Participants on this Journey are requested to obtain a Yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days before arriving in South Africa, as stipulated by the US State Department. The CDC recommends travelers to Zimbabwe receive the Hepatitis A, Malaria and Typhoid vaccines. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have and your personal medical history. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.
If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/.
Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. South Africa and Zimbabwe are on 240v for standard outlets. Most hotels will have three pronged outlets to use for various appliances.
You may need multiple currencies on this trip. However, this is only required for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the price of the trip.
South Africa – South Africa Rand (ZAR)
Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe Dollar (ZWD)
Tipping is widely practiced in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In restaurants and bars, 10% – 15% is customary.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. The local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per day, and drivers can be tipped about $5 USD per day. Guides and drivers will happily accept either local currency or US.
With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, heat, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.
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