Introduction
The wonder of South Africa is the dramatic and irresistible diversity of its cultures, landscapes and wildlife. The challenge is how to experience the best without committing to an extended visit that’s too long to make sense on your travel calendar. This carefully curated and wisely proportioned itinerary is the answer. You’ll go on thrilling safari in a wonderful preserve with abundant chances to see the Big Five and more. You’ll walk in gorgeous vineyards…taste your way to wine nirvana…and pair it all with remarkable cuisine. There are days in Cape Town with memorable visits to the Cape of Good Hope, the cultural townships and Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Throughout, you’ll have the fulltime company of a fine local guide who helps you make sense of the complex history, the startling landscapes, and the native and colonial cultures that have clashed, sought common ground, and welcome you with warm hospitality.
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-3 – CAPE TOWN
After meeting in Cape Town, you’ll go for a guided walk in the historic city and take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for panoramic views of the city and the rugged Atlantic coast. A scenic ride on Chapman’s Peak Drive takes you to the Cape of Good Hope, the turning point for navigators rounding the southern tip of Africa. At nearby Boulder Beach, you’ll visit the largest colony of African penguins.
 
To appreciate the challenges of apartheid and the cultural changes since its end, you’ll travel with your guide to one of the townships on the periphery of Cape Town. There, you’ll meet the students in a small local school and talk to a traditional healer. You will also visit Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, that’s now a symbol of resistance and forgiveness. Nelson Mandela was held prisoner here for almost 20 years.

DAYS 4-5 – THE CAPE WINELANDS
South Africa’s wine region is one of the world’s finest, and you’ll have ample chances to see why for yourself. Your base is in Stellenbosch. You’ll head out for amazingly scenic walks through vineyards and scenic wine estates. (Prefer to see it by bike or ebike? You can do that too!) You can count on tastings at some of the most interesting boutique wineries…and a really fun (and delicious) progressive food walk punctuated with samples of local food specialties.
 
DAYS 6-9 – SAFARI
Your explorations so far have all led to the exclamation mark at the end of the week, as you’ll fly to the northeast coast of South Africa for a few days of safari excitement at Phinda Private Game Preserve. Your luxury accommodations are perfectly sited inside the preserve, so it’s fantastically easy to get to prime viewing areas for the Big Five – elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion and leopard – as well as zebras, hippos, cheetahs and more. Over the course of several expertly guided rides and walks, you’ll explore the preserve’s seven unique ecosystems and see wonderful examples of animal behavior. During these quintessential safari experiences, you can count on capturing amazing Instagram-worthy photographs and unforgettable memories. On the last morning of your trip, you’ll transfer to Cape Town or Johannesburg where you can connect with your homeward flights or continue your South African adventure on your own.
Picture Yourself...
  • Standing on the headlands overlooking the Cape of Good Hope
  • Walking in the rolling vineyards and tasting the wines
  • Spotting the Big Five on a 3-day safari
South Africa
Culture + Walking
9 Days / 8 Nights
Starting Point: Cape Town– 9:00 am – Lobby of First Hotel

Ending Point: Phinda Private Game Reserve- after breakfast


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Guest Reviews
“Traveling with Classic Journeys is the ideal way to see and immerse oneself in the local atmosphere.”
Nancy R.

“Classic Journeys has turned out to be a fantastic company to travel with - one I highly recommend. I truly feel as if I have been on vacation this past week.”
Marcia B.

“Classic Journeys excels in providing exceptional guides familiar with the local area.”
Bert and Jo Ann E.

“I never felt like a tourist.”
Elizabeth C.

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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Dec 28, 2019-Jan 5, 2020$7095.00$1595.00
March 15-23, 2020$7095.00$1595.00
June 21-29, 2020$7095.00$1595.00
October 4-12, 2020$7095.00$1595.00
Dec 28, 2020-Jan 5, 2021$7195.00$1595.00


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Internal Air
This trip includes 1 internal flight, which is priced separately from the land tour. The total cost for the internal flight is approximately $1198 per person.
What's Included
  • Accommodations for 9 days and 8 nights
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfast, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
• Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
• Admissions to scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
• Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
• All land transportation during the trip
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Wine on Us
    In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
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South Africa is a year-round destination due to its varying regional climates and wildlife opportunities. Most of the country has warm, sunny days and cool nights.


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Your trip is free when you organize a Classic Journeys trip with 10 or more travelers (including you).
 
 
Accommodations
Cape Grace

Situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, there is no better position from where to soak in the natural beauty of the Mother City and the very essence of Cape Town.

Oude Werf Hotel

The oldest running hotel in South Africa, this classic property is an eclectic blend of old and new. Spacious rooms offer modern amenities and period-inspired styling. You’re an easy walk from the shopping and historic highlights of Stellenbosch.

Phinda Mountain Lodge

Beautifully sited within the game preserve, the Mountain Lodge and Forest Lodge each offer luxurious comfort, private views of the bush from your chalet, cooling swimming pools, and remarkable access to the wildlife opportunities.

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