Days 1 - 6
Days 7 - 12
DAY 1 Thursday – December 3, 2020 Depart Washington (DULLES) 5:40 PM SA210
DAY 2 Friday – December 4, 2020 Arrive Johannesburg
On arrival at Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport, collect your luggage and then clear Customs & Immigration.
You will then be met by a travel representative and transferred to the luxurious Da Vinci Hotel on Nelson Mandela Square. Shop and enjoy an evening at your leisure in the heart of the Sandton business and shopping district.
DAY 7 Wednesday – December 9, 2020 Pilanesberg/Johannesburg/Cape Town
Today you will be transferred from the lodge back to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Cape Town.
On arrival in Cape Town you will be transferred to the 4-star Commodore Hotel with views of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Cape Town Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean.
DAY 3 Saturday – December 5, 2020 Johannesburg
Enjoy a half day tour of Soweto followed by lunch at Sakhumzi Restaurant.
Travel to Soweto (South Western Township), the largest black residential area in South Africa. This “city within a city” consists of 50 suburbs and essentially acts as a labor reservoir for the greater metropolitan area of the Witwatersrand.
In many ways, the story of Soweto is the story of South Africa; this is where the seeds of South African freedom took root. The tour includes major points of interest such as:
This sprawling township was the scene of the tragic riots of 1976. Despite crowded, chaotic conditions, there is a tangible sense of community in these neighborhoods which the ordered, walled suburbs lack. It is virtually impossible not to be moved by what you will witness. Return to the hotel to rest a bit and freshen up for dinner.
The Commodore Hotel epitomizes stylish living, quality service and a tranquil setting. The elegantly furnished air conditioned classic rooms feature minibars, tea and coffee making facilities and in-room safes, free Wi-Fi and flat- screen TVs.
The hotel has a cocktail bar and a relaxed restaurant, offering a harbor-side terrace and international dishes. 24 hour room service is also available.
Accommodation: Commodore Hotel – Standard Room (B)
DAY 8 Thursday – 10 December 10, 2020 Cape Town
Full day Table Mountain and Cape Peninsula tour.
The tour starts with a journey to Table Mountain with stunning views over Cape Town Table via cable cars. This world-famous mountain is a national monument; and it is covered with a wide variety of wild flowers and is the natural home of the famous silver tree. From the summit you can marvel at the awe-inspiring 360-degree view of Cape Town. There are great views of the City, Signal Hill, Sea Point and across to Robben Island.
After making the descent we head out to Cape Peninsula the spectacular southern tip of Africa. Drive past the pristine beaches of Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno – currently the hottest real estate in the world – to Hout Bay, a functioning harbor and heart of the local crayfish industry.
After a stop for lunch, it’s on to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, where you are able to ride the Funicular to the scenic viewing point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Amid the rocky landscape – home to mountain zebra, eland and ostriches – blooms magnificent Cape flora.
We continue along the coastline to the beautiful Boulders Beach. sit among a colony of penguins. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon. Accommodation: Commodore Hotel (B, L)
Later this evening you will be transferred to “The House on the Hill” for a Special “Steam Onward Welcome Dinner”
Accommodation: The Da Vinci Hotel on Nelson Mandela Square (B, L, D)
DAY 4 Sunday – December 6, 2020 Johannesburg
This morning you will be taken on a half day Lesedi Cultural Village tour including lunch. Lesedi Cultural Village is a multi-cultural African village, set amongst the pristine Bushveld and rocky hills less than an hour’s drive from the city of Johannesburg.
The village consists of a number of different homesteads or traditional villages: the Xhosa, with their beautiful thatched homes and red blankets; the Zulu with their fighting sticks and cozy beehive huts; the Pedi, with their courtyards and rhythmic drums; and the conical straw hats and sturdy mountain ponies of the Basotho. Guests experience a traditional welcome upon arrival, guided cultural walks through two of the four homesteads. The visit includes a show and a traditional dinner.
Accommodation: The Da Vinci on Nelson Mandela Square (B, D)
DAY 9 Friday – December 11, 2020 Cape Town/Robben Island
After breakfast make your way to the nearby jetty at the Clocktower at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Here you board the ferry for your morning Robben Island tour. The rest of the day is at leisure.
The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs.
Robben Island came to symbolize, not only for South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity.
Accommodation: Commodore Hotel (B)
DAY 10 Saturday – 12 December 2020 Cape Town
Today you will have the day at leisure to explore Cape Town, a city with a diverse range of attractions, sights and activities to offer and it has something for everyone. From the landmark beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay to the vibrant V&A Waterfront and Cape Town city center, the award-winning wine farms of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – time spent in Cape Town will not be forgotten.
Natural beauty and the fast pace and bright lights of a great urban center meld effortlessly here. Firmly positioned on the international map, Cape Town offers a myriad things to do and places to see, whatever your tastes, inclinations or budget.
Later this evening enjoy a “Steam Onward Farewell Dinner” at the Quarterback Restaurant, at Portswood Hotel right next door to our Commodore Hotel.
Accommodation: Commodore Hotel (B, D)
DAY 5 Monday – December 7, 2020 Johannesburg/Pilanesberg Game Reserve
This morning the group will be taken by private coach transfer to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve a place of breath-taking beauty and serenity. Concealed in the rich expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung, or “People of the Hippo”, offers everything one would need to get in touch with the bush.
The Pilanesberg National Park is the fourth largest national park in the country and is home to a large selection of animal and bird life including the Big Five. The Pilanesberg Mountains offer guests sightings of a wide diversity of wildlife including lions, elephants, white and black rhinos, buffaloes, leopards, zebras, hyenas, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles. Take a late afternoon game drive.
Accommodations will be at the 4-star Bakubung Bush Lodge, a two-hour drive from Johannesburg and ten minutes from Sun City. All rooms are air-conditioned, televisions with DSTV, en-suite bathrooms, electric shaving plugs, coffee/tea making machines and a hair dryer.
Accommodation: Bakubung Bush Lodge (B, D)
DAY 6 Tuesday – December 8, 2020 Bakubung
The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. Venture out into the scenic Pilanesberg Game Reserve where an abundance of wild life proliferates and the Big Five are a common sight.
Aside from game viewing you will enjoy the spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets. Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa and covers an area of some 55,000 hectares. The rest of the day is spent enjoying the tranquility of the bush or perhaps taking a nap.
Later enjoy another afternoon game drive, returning to the lodge for dinner.
Accommodation: Bakubung Bush Lodge (B, D)
DAY 11 Sunday – 13 December 2020 Depart South Africa
Today you will be transferred from your hotel to Cape Town Airport in time for your flight to Johannesburg.
On arrival at Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport connect with your scheduled international South
African Airways flight back to the USA. (B)
DEPART JOHANNESBURG 6:55PM SA209
DAY 12 Monday – 14 December 2020 Arrive Home
Arrive home with memories of a trip of a lifetime!