DAY 1, October 24, 2020 | Johannesburg
Upon arrival at OR Tambo Airport, your local guide will meet the delegation and offer their assistance for currency exchange and mobile phone sim cards. After all the exchanges, your guide will take you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day will be at leisure with a welcome dinner at the restaurant, Moyo Zoo Lake.
DAY 2, October 25, 2020 | Johannesburg – Soweto – Johannesburg
After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the Apartheid Museum for an in-depth tour and discussion on the history of South Africa. Afterwards, travel to Soweto for a tour of the township and visit the Mandela House and the Hector Petersen Memorial. Enjoy lunch at the Chez Alina Restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng Center for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Gather for dinner at the stylish Roots Restaurant at the Forum Homini Boutique Hotel.
DAY 3, October 26, 2020 | Johannesburg – Hoedspruit – Karongwe Game Reserve
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred by private coach to OR Tambo International airport for your flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival, meet your guide for your transfer to the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. This center's mission is to rehabilitate injured or orphaned wildlife and to educate the local people. Their serval breeding project has reintroduced 160 servals into areas where they had been extirpated. Continue on to Karongwe Game Reserve for check-in and enjoy lunch at the lodge. After high tea, meet your game ranger and depart on a 3-hour game drive. Ride in open game-viewing vehicles in search of Africa’s “Big 5”—the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Stop for a sundowner, a “happy hour” during sunset, before returning for dinner at the lodge.
DAY 4, October 27, 2020 | Karongwe Game Reserve – Letaba - Karongwe Game Reserve
After an early wake-up call, peruse a selection of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate served with rusks in the main area. Then depart for a morning game drive and watch the sun rise over the beautiful African bush. There is an optional visit for an additional cost to the Elephant Museum in Letaba. Lunch will be served at the lodge. Lastly, enjoy another game drive and a sundowner before returning for dinner at the lodge.
DAY 5, October 28, 2020 | Karongwe Game Reserve – Shiduli Private Game Lodge – Karongwe Game Reserve
Start the day with a morning game drive in the Karongwe Game Reserve, returning to the lodge for breakfast. Afterwards, travel to the Black Mamba Headquarters, where the delegation will meet with the Black Mambas Anti-poaching team and watch a presentation. Get to know the first majority female anti-poaching unit in South Africa and learn about their focus on educating their communities and protecting the environment. The lodge will provide boxed lunches. Return to the lodge, talk with a local veterinarian on migration plans in Kruger National Park, and then depart on an afternoon safari before dinner.
DAY 6, October 29, 2020 | Karongwe Game Reserve – Hoedspruit – Cape Town
Rise early for your last game drive in the Karongwe Game Reserve, then return to the lodge for breakfast. Travel to Hoedspruit for your domestic flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival at the Cape Town International Airport, your guide will transfer you to the hotel for check-in. In the evening, enjoy an original theater production. Director Mhlanguli George will welcome us and introduce the concept and backstory of his production. Sit outside for the show, which is about 30 minutes, and enjoy. Afterwards, the actors and director will host the group for a home-cooked dinner of traditional local dishes. Return to the Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel for the night.
DAY 7, October 30, 2020 | Cape Town
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and greet your guide, who will assist you with your full-day Cultural and Robben Island Tour. Depart on the ferry to Robben Island and enjoy lunch at Karibu Restaurant. Then take a tour of Cape Town, visiting the District Six Museum and District Six area briefly, where the apartheid regime forced more than 60,000 citizens to leave, as well as the old slave quarter, the Bokaap. Listen as a specialist shares a deeper understanding of the city’s history. Enjoy dinner at La Mouette Restaurant before returning to the hotel.
DAY 8, October 31, 2020 | Cape Town
After a hotel breakfast, begin a full-day tour of Cape Point. Flank the cold Atlantic Ocean on the way to Hout Bay. Once a fishing community and now one of the most popular residential areas, the harbor still has a charm of days gone by. Travel onwards to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Said to be the romantic meeting place of the mighty Atlantic and Indian oceans, Sir Francis Drake the Explorer once called it "the fairest Cape that we saw in the whole circumference of the Globe.” Continue alongside the Indian Ocean and stop for a fun, interactive meal. Commence the Foraging Experience and the Wild Flavored Pop-up Meal. Roushanna Gray created and will curate his interactive 5 course meal experience, which focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients and locally produced foodstuffs. Vegetables and hebs will be picked and prepared on site that day from the Good Hope Gardens vegetable gardens. Wild herbs from the mountainside, seaweeds from the nearby coastline, edible flowers, and local artisan products will be included in the meal. Afterwards, visit the penguins at Boulders beach and then stop by the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to some 3,500 species of Southern African flora and fauna. Enjoy dinner at the Belthazar Restaurant before returning to the hotel.
DAY 9, November 01, 2020 | Cape Town – Franschhoek – Paarl – Cape Town
After breakfast, travel to the prominent Table Mountain. Enjoy the crisp air as you reach the summit and take in the landscape, the Atlantic Ocean, and Cape Town stretched out before you. Next, head north to the Cape Winelands and then to Franschhoek, with a photo stop at the Groot Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released in February 1990. Nestled amongst the mountains, the village of Franschhoek can easily be mistaken as being in Switzerland. In the afternoon, there will be a wine tasting and lunch at Vrede and Lust wine farm. Continue to the Avondale Wine Estate in Paarl. Their two-hour Eco Wine Safari of the estate is the best way to go deeply into biodynamic farming techniques in a short time. The Eco Tour is a curated wine tasting in the vineyard blocks around the estate and a tour in the gravity flow cellar constructed three stories underground. The journey concludes with a return to the Tasting Gallery where you can relax and enjoy the view or browse the latest artworks on exhibition. Return to Cape Town for dinner at the Gold African Restaurant with live entertainment.
DAY 10, November 02, 2020 | Cape Town – Trip Conclusion
After breakfast and a morning at leisure, transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your international flight home.