Cape Town, Karegia Safari & Victoria Falls
May 4-17, 2024
The Trip Leader
Join us for a fun time in South Africa this summer. We’re flying into Cape Town, trip also includes Cape Winelands, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Kariega Private Game Reserve and Victoria Falls.
Day 1: Cape Town City Tour Half Day
On a clear day from the summit of Table Mountain you get spectacular views of the city, its Waterfront, Camps Bay, the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains to the East and the mountains of the Cape Peninsula all the way down to Cape Point to the south. The Table Mountain cableway, a must for all visitors to the Cape, boasts revolving floors, giving passengers a 360-degree view. After descending the mountain, you will depart on a tour of the “Mother City” taking in Signal Hill – where the Noon Day Gun is fired at midday, every day except Sunday – through the colourful Bo-Kaap or Cape Malay Quarter, past the Grand Parade, City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope and South African Cultural History Museum.
Day 2: Cape Point City Tour Full Day
Highlights of a trip down to Cape Point include one of the world’s most spectacular drives, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Beach, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, two lighthouses on the tip of Africa, Boulders Penguin Colony, Simonstown, Kalk Bay and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Day 3: Table Mountain & Cableway
Table Mountain is the most iconic landmark of South Africa. Aside from being the country’s most photographed attraction and the perfect place to take photos of the landscape of Cape Town, it is also home to about 2,200 species of plants and 1,470 floral species, many of which are endemic to the mountain. Animal species that can be spotted on the mountain include caracals, rock hyraxes and chacma baboons. The flat top peak of the mountain reaches 1,086 meters above sea level but being so close to the sea and to the city, its features look more imposing. A trip up Table Mountain is quite rightly one of the first things a tourist wants to do when arriving in Cape Town. Once on the top, 1000m above the city below, you are rewarded with spectacular 360 views. Take your time and enjoy this unique environment, go for a walk or have a bit to eat at the restaurant with arguably one of the best views possible.
Day 4: Cape Winelands & Dinner
A mere one-hour drive from Cape Town lies the valleys and mountains which have become synonymous with some of the world's finest wines. Spectacular mountain scenery, 300 years of winemaking history and many of the country’s top restaurants combine to make the Cape Winelands a much-desired destination. This is the center of South Africa’s award-winning wine industry and places of interest include Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and numerous award-winning wine estates. For dinner GOLD Restaurant is a vibrant pan-African experience offering a set Cape Malay and African menu, together with live entertainment and djembe drumming 7 nights a week. Operating from an old warehouse building and a modern function venue, GOLD offers visitors a sophisticated African experience.
Day 5: Shy Meerkats Wild Meerkat Adventure Tour
Shy Meerkats Wild Meerkat Adventure Tour is about a 2-3 hour adventure. The tour starts at sunrise and includes visiting their burrows and observing the meerkats. Guests may enjoy sitting and sipping a hot cup of coffee while watching the meerkats as they enjoy the sunshine and go about their daily routine of foraging and frolicking. An experienced tour guide offers insight into the meerkat, part of the so-called Shy 5, which includes the bat-eared fox, the aardvark, the aardwolf and the porcupine.
Day 6: Safari Ostrich Showfarm
The Safari Ostrich Showfarm is an ostrich farm located in Oudtshoorn, Garden Route, South Africa. The farm is approximately 1800 hectares in size and boasts a beautiful old homestead build with sandstone called a “Feather Palace”. This is the first ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn and South Africa where the Kenyan Red and Zimbabwe Blue Ostriches can be seen. Visitors will also get to see White Ostriches and the second biggest bird in the world, namely the Emu from Australia. The tour also consists of a visit to the Incubator Room where chicks are hatched inside incubators. The room is fitted with a “Spy-Camera” which allows for a real close and personal perspective of the hatching process.
Afternoon Featherbed Nature Reserve Eco Experience
The Featherbed Nature Reserve, situated on the Western Head in Knysna, is the premier eco-experience on the Garden Route and is accessible by ferry only. The services featured are a 4x4 vehicle and trailer drive up the headland onto the reserve, a specialist guide giving information on fauna and flora, optional guided 2.2km walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves as well as buffet lunch at an outdoor restaurant setting under a canopy of Milkwood trees.
Day 7: Knysna Elephant Park
Situated in the beautiful town of Knysna, the Knysna Elephant Park is a haven for wildlife lovers and those seeking an up-close encounter with these majestic creatures. Set amidst the lush landscapes of the Garden Route, the park offers a unique opportunity to interact with rescued African elephants. Visitors can partake in guided tours, where they can feed, touch, and even walk alongside these gentle giants. The park focuses on elephant conservation and education, allowing visitors to learn about their behaviour, habitat, and the challenges they face. With its immersive experiences and commitment to elephant welfare, the Knysna Elephant Park provides a memorable and enlightening adventure for all ages.
Knysna Charters Sunset Cruise
For those looking for a unique way to end their day in Knysna, then look no further than the Knysna Charters Sunset Cruise. There is no better way to soak up the end of a day than with a leisurely cruise around the Knysna Lagoon, sipping on some fine wines and indulging in fresh local oysters. The Oyster Boat will take visitors slowly around the lagoon, marveling at the beauty of the Knysna Heads and enjoying the African sun as it starts to set. The cruise is slow and relaxed, allowing passengers to sit back and soak up the peace and tranquility as they sip on some wine and enjoy a few oysters. If visitors are looking for a unique and memorable way to end their day in Knysna, then Knysna Charters Sunset Cruise is the ideal experience for those who want to take in the beauty of the lagoon.
Day 8: Kariega Private Game Reserve
Located in South Africa’s beautiful Eastern Cape Province, Kariega Private Game Reserve lies in the upper reaches of the beautiful Kariega River Valley. Stretching for over 10 000 hectares, the landscape of the reserve features impressive vistas of forest, savannah grasslands scattered with abundant wildlife and encompassing two rivers: the Kariega and the Bushmans rivers. Visitors can spot the Big Five as well as a variety of other animals including giraffe, eland, zebra, wildebeest and an array of bird species; paddle a kayak, jump on a game drive or a river cruise for a close encounter with the reserve’s plentiful wildlife.
Day 11: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwa)
Wild Horizons Zambezi Sunset Cruise Wild Horizons Zambezi Sunset Cruise is a superb way for guests to relax and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River. Guests have the opportunity to see a variety of game including hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and many different bird species. The cruise is a very popular activity with great opportunities for extraordinary pictures against the African sunset. The trip includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks.
Day 12: Guided tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe)
A view of the Victoria Falls is something you will never forget and the best way to see them is on a guided tour. Discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. These tours are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts center.
Resort Only (no air): Deduct $1,316 per person.
Sign Up Details
$1,000 per person, with completed and signed trip application along with a copy of your passport. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your scheduled return date!! If you want to pay by credit card ask Mary how that will be handled.
All cancellations must be received in writing by January 31, 2024.
See cancellation policy on the back of the TBSSB trip application.
Payment of final balance is due no later than January 31, 2024.
Deposit and balance of trip costs may be paid with a major credit card, or if you prefer, you may pay by check. Make check payable to Tampa Bay Snow Skiers & Boarders (TBSS&B). Mail completed & signed trip application with your check of $1000 pp. and copy of passport to: Mary Pulaski, 9138 Jake's Path, Largo, FL 33771.
Prices are subject to change based on the airlines and the fluctuation of the euro.
*** In the event travelers choose air that is not part of the air arrangement as offered in the package, then the following conditions concerning “PPPI” passengers will apply. Such travelers are considered “Participants Pursuing Personal Itineraries” or PPPI.
PPPI: It is imperative that any and all travelers arranging their own air be fully aware of the following facts pertaining to the tour program:
- Transfers between airports and hotels are always arranged for the main group and are coordinated with the main group’s flight itineraries.
- The transfers also pick up and drop off only at airport terminals that are in the main group’s itineraries. Transfers do not stop at alternate terminals for pick-ups or drop offss.
- It is the responsibility of such PPPI passengers to coordinate their flights with the group and for them to be at the appointed place and time that the group is being picked up.
- There can be no special arrangements made for PPPI passengers for alternate pickups or drop offs by the transfer companies involved.
- All the above is equally applicable to any luggage for such PPPI passengers.
- There is not credit for transfers that are not being used in this trip.