South African Sojourn
9 days with Monograms Rating:
Day 1 ARRIVE IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA.
Welcome to South Africa! Arrive late in the evening and check in to your hotel.
Day 2 CAPE TOWN.
Start your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR with a CABLE-CAR RIDE up Table Mountain (weather permitting). Here, enjoy stunning views of the city and surrounding area. Next, stop at Boulders Beach and visit a COLONY OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUINS, known for the unique sound they make. After lunch, continue on to CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwesternmost point of the African continent, for incredible panoramic views. On your return journey, skirt the rocky coastline as you ascend Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular drives in the world, then continue through the fishing village of Hout Bay. The evening is at your leisure in Cape Town. (B,L)
Each year, generally in early August, the Table Mountain cableway closes for maintenance. During this time, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden will be visited.
Day 3 CAPE TOWN.
Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Your Local Host is happy to make recommendations. (B)
Day 4 CAPE TOWN–KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA.
Today, fly to the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA and transfer to your lodge in a private game reserve. The Kruger area is famous for its abundance of wildlife, so you have a great chance to see the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Other animals you may see include kudu, impala, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, wildebeest, bushbaby, and more! This afternoon, embark on your first GAME DRIVE and stop for a SUNDOWNER DRINK as the sun sets over the bushveld. (B,D)
Day 5 KRUGER AREA.
Wake up early for a MORNING GAME DRIVE in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive Land Rover. Your skilled tracker and professional Ranger will help you learn more about this special ecosystem as you view wildlife up close. Return to your lodge for breakfast and time to relax prior to your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. Stop for a SUNDOWNER DRINK before returning to your lodge for dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 6 KRUGER AREA.
Continue exploring the private game reserve on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. In the middle of the day take advantage of some free time. Swim in the pool, read a book, or enjoy a drink at the bar. End the day with a SUNDOWNER DRINK! (B,L,D)
Day 7 KRUGER AREA–JOHANNESBURG.
Enjoy one last GAME DRIVE this morning before flying to Johannesburg. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 8 JOHANNESBURG.
Today’s PRIVATE SIGHTSEEING TOUR starts with a visit to the unforgettable APARTHEID MUSEUM. Here, you will learn about the founding of South Africa before delving into the apartheid years. Continue on to SOWETO (South Western Township), the largest township in the country. You will see the Hector Pieterson Memorial, dedicated to the 12-year-old boy killed by police during a demonstration in 1976, and the neighborhood that was home to Nobel Peace Prize winners Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. Visit MANDELA HOUSE to gain perspective on life here. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before transferring back to your hotel for time at leisure. (B,L)
Day 9 JOHANNESBURG.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
All This Included
Lions and rhinos and cheetahs—oh, my. Oh, yeah…and elephants and giraffes and impala and even penguins! Step out of the ordinary and into Africa for a vacation that will leave you in awe! This 9-day Monograms vacation includes a choice of accommodations, private guided sightseeing, shared game drives, breakfast daily, and four lunches. Plus, in Cape Town and Johannesburg a Local Host® is at your service—a friendly face and expert on the local scene who ensures your vacation runs smoothly, answers your questions, and helps you personalize your experience. And on safari, you’ll have experienced Rangers and game trackers with you on all game drives.
From the moment you take your first step, the Monograms difference becomes apparent. Your vacation begins in Cape Town, where we can pick you up at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Dig into a delicious included breakfast the next morning before a private guided tour with your Local Host featuring a cable-car ride to the top of Table Mountain for spectacular views of Cape Town. Next, descend from the mountain to the ocean as you visit Boulders Beach with its delightful colony of African penguins. Lastly, explore beautiful Cape Point Nature Reserve—home to Cape Point, the southwesternmost point on the continent. The following day is free to explore on your own or you can join an optional excursion. Consider a visit to the beautiful Cape winelands for a magical day winery visits and tastings. From June to December you can also choose to go whale-watching in Hermanus, the self-proclaimed whale-watching capital of the world.
Next, travel to the Kruger National Park area, where we transfer you to your lodge in a private game reserve. From here, head out multiple times with a professional Ranger in search of Africa's “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. You’re sure to encounter many other species as well. Cap off each day with refreshing included sundowner drinks, the perfect way to relax and reflect as the sun sets over the beautiful South Africa landscape.
Finally, embark a quick flight to Johannesburg, where your Local Host will welcome and acquaint you with the world’s largest city not situated on a river, lake, or coastline. Private sightseeing takes you inside the fascinating Apartheid Museum, SOWETO, and the former home of Nelson Mandela—and features lunch at a local “Joburg” restaurant.
From start to finish, Monograms’ South African Sojourn is an incredible journey, with accommodations, guides, sightseeing, and transportation already included! With the time saved and the comfort of knowing you have a local there to assist you throughout your vacation, you’ll be one happy traveler!
Cape Town: SunSquare Cape Town Gardens
Kruger National Park Area: Shiduli Private Game Lodge
Johannesburg: Garden Court Sandton City
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