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Destinations:  South Africa
Travel Style: Classic Expedition
Activity Level:  • • 3 • •
Group Size: Min 2, Max 16
Age Range: 18 to 65+

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Itinerary Overview

Journey Overview & Highlights
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Join us on a small group tour to South Africa, traversing through Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, and Cape Town. Experience a safari in one of Africa’s most famous national parks, and see the Big Five.

Day 1: Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport(JNB)
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Arrival Airport: Johannesburg International Airport (JNB) Welcome to South Africa!You’ll be greeted by your driver at Johannesburh International Airport. Once you arrive, you’ll enjoy some downtime before dining on a traditional welcome dinner, bursting with the flavors of authentic South African cuisine. We’ll spend the night in Johannesburg and prepare to start our safari the next day. Accommodation: Peermont Mondior Hotel or similar

Day 2: Johannesburg/Hazyview
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After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we will start our journey to Hazyview. A 4.5 hour drive from Johannesburg, Hazyview is an ideal location to experience Kruger National Park and its stunning scenary and magnificent wildlife. Once we have arrived, we will enjoy a free afternoon to explore our new accommodation and its surroundings, situated on the banks of the iconic Sabie River. Accommodation: Lions Rock Rapids Camp or similar

Day 3: Kruger National Park
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After an early breakfast we will make our way to Kruger National Park to begin our safari adventure. This enormous and magnificent park is one of the most popular game parks in the world. Its density of permanent game is unrivalled with hundreds of different species; 507 birds, 336 trees, 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 49 fish and 34 amphibians! We’ll have our first taste of safari life and encounter lions, elephants, giraffes, and more! After an exciting day, relax around the campfire, listening to the sounds of the wild and falling asleep under countless stars. Accommodation: Lions Rock Rapids Camp or similar

Day 4: Kruger National Park
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We’ll immerse ourselves in another day of exploration in Kruger National Park. We'll start our day early, as the park is a hive of activity at sunrise. Our qualified experienced guides will enhance the experience with their deep understanding of the bush and the movement and identification of animals and birds, You’ll not only relish the experience of being in the Kruger environment, but you’ll leave with gems of info you’d never have known before. Accommodation: Lions Rock Rapids Camp or similar

Day 5: Blyde River Canyon and Pilgrim's Rest
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Today we will make our way north of Hazyview and through the little town of Graskop. Our first stop is either at the Lisbon Falls or the Berlin Falls,part of the Blyde River Canyon. We will continue to the Three Rondavels for a spectacular view over the Blyde River Canyon. Shaped like traditional African beehive huts, the Three Rondavels form three pinnacles of rock rising above the canyon. Drink in the dramatic views before proceeding back south along the route to the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. This formation is the result of decades of swirling water where the Treur River meets the Blyde River, the tumult of which has caused extensive water erosion over time. After enjoying the spectacular and humbling views at God’s Window, continue back to Graskop where we will enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restuarnat. Our day ends with a visit to the historical mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest. We will have the opportunity to visit the Printing Museum, House Museum, Dredzen Shop Museum, Alanglade House Museum and the Diggings Site Museum. After a full day at Blyde River Canyon and Pilgrim's rest we will make our way back to camp and enjoy dinner under the stars. Accommodation: Lions Rock Rapids Camp or similar

Day 6: Free Time in Hazyview
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This morning we will have the option to spend the day at leisure exploring at camp or join us on several optional activities.

Accommodation:Lions Rock Rapids Camp or similar

Day 7: Depart Johannesburg International Airport(JNB)
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Our unforgettable safari adventure has sadly come to an end! After breakfast we’ll head back to Johannesburg for our flights back home or continue on an extension to Cape Town, South Africa! Departure Airport: Johannesburg International Airport(JNB)

4 Day Cape Town Extension
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Day 7: Arrive at Cape Town International Airport After breakfast we’ll head back to Johannesburg for our flights and continue on to an extension to Cape Town, South Africa! Oncee we've arrived, our driver will meet us at the airport for our transfer to our hotel in Cape town. Accommodation:The Commodore Hotel or similar

Day 8: Roben Island, Castle of Good Hope, and Table Mountain The tour commences with a ferry trip across the bay to Robben Island. From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder of the price paid for freedom. Upon return to the mainland, enjoy a drive through Bo-Kaap to discover how the Malay slaves influenced the culture, food and aesthetics of this beautiful city and its people. Proceed to the Company Gardens located in the heart of the central business district. Enjoy a walk through the garden and a visit to the South African Museum. This is followed by a visit to the Castle of Good Hope – the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. The drive through the City Centre would also take you past the Houses of Parliament, the Grand Parade and City Hall from where Nelson Mandela first addressed South Africans after his release in February 1990. Continue to Table Mountain where you shall reach the top by cable car (weather permitting). Enjoy the panoramic views over the city with Robben Island lying sleepily in Table Bay. Also, get a bird’s eye view over the Atlantic Seaboard. Accomodation: The Commodore Hotel or similar

Day 9: Cheetah outreach and wine tasting After breakfast we will head off to the heart of South Africa’s wine industry. Explore Stellenbosch and walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style. Enjoy a wine tasting before taking time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award-winning restaurants. Onward to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. Return to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside and enjoy a free evening back in Cape Town. Accommodation: The Commodore Hotel or similar

Day 10: Depart Cape Town International Airport Our unforgettable adventure has sadly come to an end! After breakfast we’ll head to the airport to catch our flights back home or continue on to our next adventure!

Departure Airport:Cape Town International Airport

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From $3900 / person | All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included

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This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.

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