Wednesday, December 2:✈ Depart Washington, DC Dulles Airport, nonstop, to Johannesburg, South Africa.
Thursday, December 3:🚌 Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to The Michelangelo Hotel. This beautiful, Renaissance-style hotel overlooks the enclave of Nelson Mandela Square, the heart of Johannesburg’s cosmopolitan Sandton neighborhood. Enjoy your superior room, fine dining, shopping, a heated indoor pool and a full-service Spa. Nelson Mandela Square, with its 20-foot sculpture of the country’s first democratically selected President, is surrounded by a mall offering shopping, dining, salons and entertainment. ‘Hot Fashions and Cool Cocktails’ is the motto of this lively area.
Friday, December 4: Full Day Tour of Johannesburg and Soweto
This full-day tour combines two of Johannesburg’s most popular attractions providing you with an opportunity to take a closer look at South Africa’s turbulent past. We first travel across Johannesburg to the south of the city to visit the Apartheid Museum, which opened in 2002. Here visitors embark on a historical voyage of discovery, a personal exploration of the past that examines the story of apartheid right up to the first democratic elections held in 1994. The tour of the museum lasts approximately two hours. We then continue to SOWETO (SOuth WEstern TOwnship), the largest former all-black township established by apartheid government policies. Our tour route takes you to all the major points of interest in the city of Johannesburg, such as Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (The World's Third Largest Hospital), Baragwanath taxi rank, Freedom Square, Hector Peterson Memorial, Constitution Hill and Nelson Mandela’s former home.
Saturday, December 5: Sun City Resort, The Palace of the Lost City Hotel
Today you leave Johannesburg and continue to the Sun City Resort and the The Palace Hotel. The Lost City covers 62 acres which is set on the slopes of a picturesque valley in the Pilanesberg mountains and captures the essence of an ancient African kingdom in the opulence and astonishing architecture, and has a unique heartbeat and an African rhythm of its own. The skyline is dominated by The Palace, with its 10 towers framed by faux elephant tusks and uniquely furnished rooms. The afternoon is free so that you may explore the many attractions – Valley of the Waves at the beach, casinos, golf, spa, live theatre, botanical gardens, tennis, pools, zip slide, and much more!
Several nights a week, The Palace Hotel explodes with sensational extravaganza shows which could have come straight from the theatres of Paris or Las Vegas. Pulsating music, spectacular sets and high-kicking dancers in glorious costumes transport you into a world of high energy fantasy. The hotel's restaurants ranges from exotic Asian cuisine to an African-themed Calabash with authentic African dishes and carvery. The dramatic Lobby Lounge is suspended above the slots casino and serves refreshing cocktails, light snacks and dreamy desserts. After-dinner entertainment includes one of the largest casinos in the world outside America. There is no place on earth like the The Palace Resort!
Overnight: The Palace Hotel
Sunday, December 6 Sun City Resort – Game Drive
Morning game drive in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The Pilanesberg Game Park is home to Africa’s Big Five – Lion, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rhinoceros and Leopard – and they, along with zebras, hyenas, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and over 300 bird species, roam free within the Pilanesberg’s 135,905-acres.
The crater of a long extinct volcano is the setting of Pilanesberg National Park - a fascinating alkaline complex produced by volcanic action some 1,300 million years ago. Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature. The area is fringed by three concentric ridges or rings of hills - the formation rises from the surrounding plains like a bubble. Pilanesberg has survived ages of erosion and stands high above the surrounding bushveld plains. The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites throughout the park
Off the centre of the Park is Thabayadiotso, "the Proud Mountain". The Park ranks among the largest of the national parks in South Africa (it is the fourth largest park) and covers an area of 55,000 hectare. The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam. Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops.
Enjoy a free afternoon.
Overnight: The Palace Hotel
Monday December 7: Cape Town
Early transfer back to Johannesburg Airport for your departure flight to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town you will be met and transferred to The Table Bay Hotel. This prestigious hotel offer a blend of old-world elegance with modern comforts and overlooks the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. Luxury rooms are spacious and well equipped with amenities, the Camelot Spa offers pampering treatments, gym and swimming pool, and dine in the hotel’s restaurants, relax in lounges and bars or linger on the terrace with panoramic views of the entire city and bay.
Overnight: Table Bay Hotel
Tuesday, December 8: Cape Town City Tour and Robben Island
Private morning city tour of Cape Town including Robben Island and ascent to Table Mountain (weather permitting). Cape Town, arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is encircled by hills, sandy beaches and vineyards that add to its charm.
Table Mountain rises behind the city to a height of 1,087m, cutting the skyline with a horizontal front three kilometres in length. From the Lower Cableway Station, the cableway takes you to the summit in less than ten minutes in rotating gondola's ensuring stunning 360 degree views of the city and surrounds. We will stop at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront for lunch. The Waterfront is set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with world’class restaurants, hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina. After lunch, enjoy the Waterfront before walking to the Robben Island Ferry Dock for our afternoon visit to Robben Island.
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. Experience the conditions of incarceration, view Nelson Mandela’s maximum security prison cell (Cell 5) and see the lime quarries. This is where hard labor was served and prisoners discussed strategy, freedom and the future. This well-preserved landmark is a monument to the triumph of freedom, dignity and determination over humiliation and oppression.
Wednesday, December 9: Half Day Winelands Tour
Depart for a full day private Winelands Tour.
Feast your senses in the sumptuous beauty the Winelands of the Cape has to offer. A dramatic backdrop of craggy mountains and fertile valleys, covered with ever-changing colors of the vineyards, sets the scene for enjoyment and relaxation. Sample the fruit of the vine in every glass of our world-renowned wines, while enjoying the culinary delights of regional cuisine. Discover the rich historical and cultural heritage of this area where splendid examples of Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian architecture have been preserved. The Winelands will leave you with lasting memories of warm hospitality and unsurpassed natural beauty.
Overnight: Table Bay Hotel
Breakfast & Lunch Included
Thursday, December 10: Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
Cape Peninsula is at the south western extreme of the African continent and the tour takes you around the entire peninsula showcasing the pristine beaches and the spectacular Cape Point, where the oceans meet. Here you will see the Cape of Good Hope, Hout Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay, Simons Town, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, among other sites. Lunch reservations have been made at the famous Two Oceans Restaurant, many seafood specialties (at your expense).
Overnight: Table Bay Hotel
Friday, December 11: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe via Johannesburg. Meet and greet at Victoria Falls airport and transfer to The Victoria Falls Hotel. This elegant hotel commands a prime location overlooking Victoria Falls. Your beautiful central deluxe guest room features wooden furnishings and regional style décor and are equipped with amenities for a very enjoyable stay. Enjoy restaurants, a trendy café, poolside bar and English High Tea on the terrace.
Relax in your luxury room and prepare for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Cruise along the banks of the river, and view the spectacular scenery that is nature’s own sanctuary, and home to the “laughing hippos,” the “singing birds” and the “snapping crocodiles”, as you sip on your drink and indulge on mouthwatering snacks.
Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, at the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometers, into a gorge over one hundred meters below. The wide, basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges.
Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height, and capped by a mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor prepared to brave the tremendous spray, with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls.
Return to the hotel, relax and prepare for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Cruise along the banks of the river, and view the spectacular scenery that is nature’s own sanctuary, and home to the “laughing hippos,” the “singing birds” and the “snapping crocodiles”, as you sip on your drink and indulge on mouthwatering snacks.
Enjoy an unforgettable dinner at The Boma – Place of Eating, an unforgettable African experience infused with Zimbabwean cuisine. Partially open to the African skies, it offers a unique experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa - together with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe and it’s people. Guests are welcomed with a traditional greeting in the local languages, Shona and Ndebele. The guests are then dressed in ‘chitenges’ (traditional robes) and prepared to enter the main enclosure. You are invited to take part in a hand-washing ceremony before sampling traditional beer and snacks, as a prelude to dinner and entertainment.
Specializing in a superb selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes, The Boma offers a four-course meal combining a mouth watering choice of starters from the kitchen, soup from the campfire and a substantial barbeque buffet served on cast iron plates. They offer a wide variety of salads from the salad bar and a choice of delicious desserts from the buffet area.
Saturday, December 12: Depart Zimbabwe for Return to the United States
Hotel check out and transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for flight to U.S. via Johannesburg.
Sunday, December 13: Arrive in the United States
Connect to flight home, if applicable.
Please Call Toni Hillman, 301-390-1639, For More Information
South Africa and Zimbabwe
☶ Dec 2-Dec 14,2020
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