zzz South Africa Highlights & Safari Experience 10 Days 8 Nights(2015)[zzzRSF]Tour Code:zzzRSF

Visiting:Cape Town(4 nts) - Johannesburg - Entabeni(2 nts) - Johannesburg(2 nts) 

Don your safari hat and awaken your wanderlust with this awe-inspiring 10-day journey around the best of South Africa. Soak in vibrant Cape Town, awe at the views from Table Mountain and marvel at the drama of Cape Point and exquisite surroundings of the Kirstenbosch Gardens. Then, sample the wines and historic towns of the lush Cape winelands before enjoying thrilling game drives in Entabeni Game Reserve and spending time in Johannesburg. This intoxicating South Africa vacation has it all!

Departure date:
2/26, 3/26,4/23,5/21, 6/18,8/20,9/17,10/15,11/19

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  • Price From:$0.00 Land Only
  • Maximum number of Travellers:30
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Day 1   |  USA – Cape Town, South Africa 

Begin your grand adventure when you board your flight to Cape Town, flying via Johannesburg.

Day 2   |  Arrive in Cape Town  (D )

Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa’s legislative and tourist capital. Meet your Ritz Tours representative at the airport and enjoy a convenient transfer to your hotel in the city. The remainder of the day is at leisure, giving you time to relax at your hotel or dip into vibrant and multicultural Cape Town. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant on the city’s beautiful waterfront district in the evening.

Day 3   |  Cape Town – Full Day Table Mountain Tour  (B ,L ,D )

After breakfast this morning, set out on your full-day Table Mountain tour. Trace a private road up this world-famous natural phenomenon to experience one-of-a-kind views of Cape Town and the surrounding, dramatic coastline spread far below. Afterward, descend back down the flat-topped mountain and enjoy a fascinating sightseeing drive, taking in Cape Town’s cobblestoned, colorful Bo-Kaap district, formerly known as the Malay Quarter, the 19th-century South African Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and other fascinating landmarks.

Day 4   |  Cape Town – Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour  (B ,L ,D )

Today, have your camera ready for a full-day tour showcasing the awesome peaks, rugged shores and beaches of the Cape Peninsula. Following breakfast at your hotel, sit back and soak in the passing scenery during a sightseeing drive along the weather-beaten Atlantic Coast. Arrive at beautiful Hout Bay and board a boat for a short Cruise to Seal Island*, to witness the Cape Fur seals that make the islet their home, perhaps watching for a white shark or two along the way! Then, head along one of the world’s majestic coastlines to spectacular Cape Point, the southernmost tip of the peninsula. Drink in the views over the twisting and churning seas from here, which are said to mark the fabled “line in the ocean” between the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. After a break for a delicious Fisherman’s Platter lunch, your last stop today is the splendid Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens*. Set into the slopes of Table Mountain, the “most beautiful garden in Africa” boasts more than 7,000 species of flora.

Day 5   |  Cape Town – Full Day Cape Winelands Tour  (B ,L ,D )

Wine connoisseurs and novices alike will love what today brings – a trip deep into the Cape Winelands to the lovely wine town of Paarl. Soak in the passing hills and lush vineyards around the town on a scenic drive to the award-winning vineyards of the Anura Wine Estate. Here, enjoy delectable tastings of the wines and cheese produced on the estate, and enjoy an engrossing wine cellar tour. Next, continue to historic Groot Drakenstein Correctional Facility*, formerly known as the Victor Verster Prison, where Nelson Mandela spent his final weeks of imprisonment and which he called his “gilded cage.” Your tour then takes you to Franschhoek, one of South Africa’s oldest villages, nestled in the spectacular winelands of the Franschhoek Valley. Sample some local wines and then stroll through this quaint village before enjoying a picnic lunch at the vineyard-graced Allee Bleue Estate. Later, reach for your camera again on a picturesque drive to the olden town of Stellenbosch.

Day 6   |  Cape TownJohannesburg - Entabeni Private Nature Reserve  (B ,L ,D )

Leave Cape Town today on a short flight to Johannesburg before transferring to Entabeni, known as the “Place on the Mountain.” Situated in the idyllic Waterberg region, this much-loved game reserve consists of wide-open grass plains, wetlands, craggy ravines and dramatic escarpments all inhabited by lion, giraffe, impala, bushbuck, hyena, buffalo, and elephant. After lunch, embark on your first, exhilarating game drive aboard a private vehicle. Rumble deep into Entabeni’s 22,000 hectares to seek out its rich wildlife populations against its backdrop of epic scenery. Game Drive: P

Day 7   |  Entabeni Private Nature Reserve  (B ,L ,D )

Enjoy a second day amid the untamed beauty of Entabeni and two separate game drives into this magnificent wilderness. As you travel the savannahs and hills, keep watch for the “Big Five” of the African elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo, as well as Entabeni’s ample and exotic birdlife. Rhino, lion and elephant in particular are fairly frequent sights and if you’re lucky, you may be rewarded with a fleeting glimpse of the reserve’s elusive leopard — the highlight of many a first-time visitor’s safari experience. Game Drive: E, P

Day 8   |  Entabeni Private Nature Reserve - Johannesburg  (B ,L ,D )

Rise at dawn today to enjoy one last game drive before breakfast. With luck, relish a final sighting of the majestic animals of the reserve before transferring back to “Jo’burg”, or Johannesburg. Here, step back in time and immerse yourself in the city’s gold mining past on our Gold Reef City Heritage Tour. Built around an authentic 19th-century gold mine, the Gold Reef City attraction celebrates the history of Johannesburg’s gold mining days of the 1880s and combines it with gold-themed white-knuckle rides and leisure amenities. Take an intriguing guided excursion down into a real, 720-feet underground mine to learn how the gold-rush pioneers of the time extracted their precious gold using an arduous manual process. Afterward, leave Gold Reef City and transfer to your hotel in Johannesburg. Game Drive: E

Day 9   |  Johannesburg  (B )

Enjoy the day free to relax after your adventures and get acquainted with South Africa’s largest city. Ease down at your hotel and reflect on your memories of this captivating country or explore lively Johannesburg at your own pace. The must-sees of this fast-paced city include the fascinating township of SOWETO (South Western Township), the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the memorable Apartheid Museum or Constitution Hill, site of the Old Fort Prison Complex, where many political activists were once detained.

Day 10   |  Johannesburg - USA  (B )

Your incredible South Africa adventure draws to a close today as you relish the highlights of your journey over breakfast. Then, transfer to Johannesburg airport to board your return flight to the USA.