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Best of South Africa 2022

9 days with Cosmos   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices NOTE: The following information is from the 2021 tour season and is subject to change once the 2022 tour season information becomes available.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. 
Welcome to Africa! Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 JOHANNESBURG.
Today’s sightseeing starts with a visit to Soweto (South Western Township), the largest township in the country. Along the way, see the neighborhood that was home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. Gain some perspective of life here at Mandela House, where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to around 1960, when he was forced underground to elude arrest. After lunch, visit the unforgettable Museum to learn about the founding of South Africa before delving into the apartheid era. Using photos, video, and print, the museum takes you on an extraordinary journey through the apartheid years to the 1994 democratic elections that named Nelson Mandela president. (B,L)

Day 3 JOHANNESBURG–KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA.
Depart Johannesburg and explore the Panoramic Route known for its dramatic landscapes. Along the way, see God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, and Berlin Falls. Continue on to the Kruger National Park area. (B,D)

Day 4 KRUGER AREA. 
The Kruger area is home to an abundance of wildlife including the famed “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Your skilled, professional guide will help you learn about this special ecosystem as you view wildlife up close on morning and afternoon game drives. Beyond the “Big 5,” you’ll have the chance to see kudu, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, and more! Return to your resort in time to freshen up for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 5 KRUGER AREA. 
Rise early coffee and tea before your morning game drive. If the timing is right, you might spot some of the big cats after a night of hunting. Spend some time at leisure in the middle of the day. Perhaps book a spa treatment or simply relax at the pool. Later, embark on your final exciting game drive. (B,L,D)

Day 6 KRUGER AREA–CAPE TOWN. 
Enjoy some time at leisure this morning before flying to beautiful Cape Town. (B)

Day 7 CAPE TOWN.
Today, enjoy a full day of sightseeing, starting with a cable-car ride up Table Mountain for stunning views of the city, Robben Island, and the Cape Winelands. Next, visit Boulders Beach where you will see a colony of endangered African Penguins, known for the unique sound they make. After free time for lunch, continue on to Cape Point Nature Reserve for stops at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. Here, take a funicular ride to the steps of the old lighthouse for spectacular panoramic views. On your return journey back to Cape Town, skirt the rocky coastline as you ascend Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B)

Day 8 CAPE TOWN. 
Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape Winelands for wine tasting, or cruise to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Your Tour Director has suggestions to help you make the most of your day. (B)

Day 9 CAPE TOWN. 
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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All This Included
Day 1 ARRIVE IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. 
Welcome to Africa! Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 JOHANNESBURG.
Today’s sightseeing starts with a visit to Soweto (South Western Township), the largest township in the country. Along the way, see the neighborhood that was home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. Gain some perspective of life here at Mandela House, where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to around 1960, when he was forced underground to elude arrest. After lunch, visit the unforgettable Museum to learn about the founding of South Africa before delving into the apartheid era. Using photos, video, and print, the museum takes you on an extraordinary journey through the apartheid years to the 1994 democratic elections that named Nelson Mandela president. (B,L)

Day 3 JOHANNESBURG–KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA.
Depart Johannesburg and explore the Panoramic Route known for its dramatic landscapes. Along the way, see God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, and Berlin Falls. Continue on to the Kruger National Park area. (B,D)

Day 4 KRUGER AREA. 
The Kruger area is home to an abundance of wildlife including the famed “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Your skilled, professional guide will help you learn about this special ecosystem as you view wildlife up close on morning and afternoon game drives. Beyond the “Big 5,” you’ll have the chance to see kudu, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, and more! Return to your resort in time to freshen up for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 5 KRUGER AREA. 
Rise early coffee and tea before your morning game drive. If the timing is right, you might spot some of the big cats after a night of hunting. Spend some time at leisure in the middle of the day. Perhaps book a spa treatment or simply relax at the pool. Later, embark on your final exciting game drive. (B,L,D)

Day 6 KRUGER AREA–CAPE TOWN. 
Enjoy some time at leisure this morning before flying to beautiful Cape Town. (B)

Day 7 CAPE TOWN.
Today, enjoy a full day of sightseeing, starting with a cable-car ride up Table Mountain for stunning views of the city, Robben Island, and the Cape Winelands. Next, visit Boulders Beach where you will see a colony of endangered African Penguins, known for the unique sound they make. After free time for lunch, continue on to Cape Point Nature Reserve for stops at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. Here, take a funicular ride to the steps of the old lighthouse for spectacular panoramic views. On your return journey back to Cape Town, skirt the rocky coastline as you ascend Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B)

Day 8 CAPE TOWN. 
Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape Winelands for wine tasting, or cruise to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Your Tour Director has suggestions to help you make the most of your day. (B)

Day 9 CAPE TOWN. 
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Highlights
  • JOHANNESBURG
    Visit Soweto, Mandela House, and the Apartheid Museum
  • MPUMALANGA 
    Drive along the Panoramic Route and visit God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, and Berlin Falls
  • KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA 
    Four game drives in Kruger National Park
  • CAPE TOWN 
    Cable-car ride up Table Mountain; visit a colony of African penguins and Cape Point Nature Reserve with funicular ride to old Cape Point lighthouse
Accommodations
Johannesburg: Garden Court Sandton City
Kruger National Park Area: Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate
Cape Town: SunSquare Cape Town Gardens
Notes
  • 2022 prices and itineraries are subject to change.
  • All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
  • Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $235. Required intra-vacation air segment: Kruger National Park Area/Cape Town. Air prices were effective on July 14, 2020 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.