CAPE TOWN AND KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
If South Africa is one of the many destinations on your bucket list, our Cape Town and safari package from New York City is a very smart choice. The tour includes three full days in this spectacular harbor city, where you can book extraordinary (and affordably priced!) optional tours that showcase South Africa’s incredible diversity. Discover the enduring legacy of Nelson Mandela, explore the scenic Winelands or even go shark cage diving…if you dare! Then it’s off to Africa’s largest game preserve, Kruger National Park. We’ll do our best to help you spot lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos, aka the “Big 5.”
- International flight
- 4 nights in Cape Town
- 2 nights in Kruger National Park
- Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Intra-South Africa flight and ground transport
- Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
- 8 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) and 2 dinners (D)
- Cape Town guided orientation tour
- Full-day open-vehicle guided safari in Kruger National Park, including admission fee
- Experienced, English-speaking tour guides
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Depart From U.S.
Overnight flight to Cape Town. Your tour includes round-trip airfare from the U.S
Arrive in Cape Town
Welcome to the “Mother City,” where Mother Nature definitely shows off some of her very best handiwork. As you’re escorted from the airport to your hotel, tune into a guided orientation tour of Cape Town. Orientation briefing will outline all of your Cape Town options. Learn more about all this city offers here.
Cape Sun Hotel or President Hotel (or similar)
Now that you have three glorious days to explore this stunning city and its environs, you’ll have to make some smart decisions, but first fuel your adventures with a bountiful breakfast buffet. Then will it be…a day on one of Cape Town’s famous beaches or an outing to a UNESCO site? A cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain or a visit to the incredible Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve? A tasting in the Winelands or shark cage diving? Your tour host is full of great tips and ideas for independent exploration, or you can take advantage of exciting optional excursions that are…
Cape Town/Kruger National Park
After a short flight to Johannesburg, we’ll journey through beautiful countryside to the picturesque Machadodorp to see its trout-abundant Elands River and down into the Lowveld area to Mpumalanga (“place of the rising sun”). This sun-kissed region boasts citrus groves and tropical fruit orchards galore, and we’ll stop at one of the colorful roadside stands for a taste of the area’s exotic fruits and nuts. We’ll enjoy a sumptuous dinner at our hotel together and rest up for tomorrow’s safari adventure. B/D Premier Hotel The Winkler (or similar)
Kruger National Park Safari
Have your camera ready because you’ll want to document this exhilarating, unforgettable open-vehicle wildlife drive in Kruger Park. A local safari ranger leads us on a search for lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos (the “Big 5”), as well as sightings of hippopotamus, crocodiles, zebras, giraffes and exotic birds in their natural habitat. After a lunch break, we’ll continue on an additional afternoon guided open-vehicle safari. The evening offers ample time to relax poolside before a lavish finale dinner. B/D Premier Hotel The Winkler (or similar)
Kruger National Park/Mpumalanga/Depart South Africa
Your South Africa adventure isn’t over yet. Even on our return to Johannesburg for the flight to the U.S., we’ll see some beautiful landscapes. We’ll follow some of the scenic Panorama Route along the Mpumalanga Escarpment. Sights along the way include the small rural town of Sabie, as well as Lyndenburg, set in the foothills of the famous Long Tom Pass. B
Arrive in the U.S.
Your South African journey comes to an end as you touch down in the U.S. this morning.
Price includes land and round-trip airfare from the U.S.
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $250.
Aug 12 & Aug 26 Departures: No single supplement.
Note: Table Mountain has scheduled its annual maintenance closure for 7/8/2019-8/19/2019. During this time the tour guide will extend the city tour by means of additional stops in the city like museums or Signal Hill. Guest has the option to be taken to the Company Gardens in the heart of the City, this will be offered as an alternative optional.
Business Class upgrade supplement is $5,700. (For JFK-Johannesburg-JFK flights only)
For more information on this Cape Town Safari tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations for your African Safari vacation can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For South Africa vacation complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Pricing is subject to change. Payment (non-refundable) should be made by cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or AmEx, subject to service charge).
Half-Day Cultural Heritage Tour & Township Tour
- Cape Town
- From approx. $40 Per Person
Time-travel through the history of “The Three South Africas”—from the monumental turning point in the Birth of South Africa to the now-decaying ruins of Apartheid South Africa to the townships of the New South Africa—on this can’t-miss tour. Gain insight into the greatness of Nelson Mandela and what South Africa has achieved ever since taking up his challenge to rise above pain and bitterness. Experience eye-opening encounters, especially when visiting Langa, the oldest black township, and Khayelitsha, the largest township, where cultural values and personal…
Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
- Cape Town
- From approx. $70 Per Person
Stunning seascapes, delicious seafood, spectacular gardens—and penguins? Our day on Cape Peninsula is truly extraordinary, as we pass steep mountains, secluded coves and sweeping beaches before a stop at a Hout Bay fishing village. Then it’s on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to baboons, rheboks and Cape Mountain zebras. At Cape Point, soak up the majestic views at the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. After lunch at a famous seafood restaurant, we’ll head to the most remarkable of the mainland African penguin colonies, Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town, with…
Robben Island Tour**
- Cape Town
- From approx. $40 Per Person
Catch the ferry to Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the infamous maximum-security prison where Nelson Mandela and others were jailed. Adding to the realism of this tour: guides on the island were once political prisoners! Important tour details:
- Ferries depart several times daily, weather permitting, from V&A Waterfront. Transfers from your hotel to the pier and back are not included.
- The Robben Island excursions are operated by a non-profit foundation, and tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis. smarTours® does…
- Cape Town
- From approx. $53 Per Person
Taste for yourself why South African wines are so celebrated with a trip to the enchanting Winelands and the second oldest town in South Africa. See Stellenbosch’s oak-lined streets and admire the gables of Cape Dutch architecture. We’ll then head to a wine estate for a wine tasting session and to explore the grounds. Here’s your chance to purchase some local wines!
Half-Day City & Table Mountain Tour
- Cape Town
- From approx. $35 Per Person, plus cable car ticket fee
Join a local expert to explore the charms of Cape Town and see its highlights. Ascend via cable car (ticket extra) to the top of the iconic Table Mountain for incredible city and bay views. You’ll have a chance to view and photograph Table Mountain from a distance from the historic, colorful neighborhood known as Bo-Kaap (the Malay Quarter).
Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving***
- Cape Town
- From approx. $159 Per Person, including breakfast, packed lunch and transfers
Truly a once-in-a-lifetime outing! Rise early for the trip to the coastal fishing town Gansbaai. Here you’ll meet your crew, review the day’s outing and safety instructions, and have breakfast. Then it’s off to open waters, where you’ll don your “shark gear” and climb into the secure cage for a wildlife viewing experience you’ll never forget. You’ll also enjoy watching the great whites from the comfort of the boat while your fellow divers are underwater.
***This tour operates on the last day in Cape Town, and it is not possible to do Robben Island or Winelands…
Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel
- Cape Town
Boasting scenic views of Cape Town’s top attractions, this elegant hotel is a great home base for your city exploration. On-site fitness center and health/beauty salon.
Strand Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
- Cape Town
Authentic artwork adds charm to this sophisticated hotel. Set between the city and Atlantic Ocean, it features a spa and outdoor infinity pool.
4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Premier Hotel The Winkler
- Kruger National Park - White River
This comfortable, intimately sized haven boasts Africa’s incredible nature at its doorstep. You’ll adore the restaurant’s authentic local dishes and views.
R538, Numbi Gate Road, White River, 1240, South Africa
Your departure flights from the U.S. to South Africa and back are on South African Airways. We recommend that you check-in 3½ hours before departure.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
South African Airlines does not assign seats in advance. Seat assignment can only be arranged when you check-in at the airport.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. All visitors are required by the South African immigration authorities to have a minimum of two consecutive blank visa entry pages in their passport. Insufficient pages in the passport normally results in denied boarding or denial of entry upon arrival, and the person is likely to be detained pending return to their country of origin. Visa is not required for U.S. passport holders. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR CHILDREN
Effective June 1, 2015, children younger than 18 years who enter South Africa will be required to present a certified copy of a full birth certificate. Copies are not acceptable. If the child is not traveling with both parents, additional documentation is required. For more information about children’s requirements, please visit the consulate website at http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/index.htm
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Please consult your personal physician or local public health authorities regarding taking anti-malaria pills, as well as other recommendations.
South Africa is located in the southern hemisphere and has the reverse seasons to those of the U.S. The weather is temperate, even in the winter. Overnight temperatures are 10-20 degrees lower. Night and day temperature can vary greatly. Here’s what you can expect:
- April–September: Highs in the 60s and 70s.
- October–March: Highs in the 70s and 80s.
Food costs in South Africa are quite reasonable compared to the U.S. In Cape Town, you may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or in a nearby restaurant recommended by your guide. The V&A Waterfront offers a fantastic range of dining options. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. For “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.