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The Magnificent South African Experience

PRIVATE TOUR - 12 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$6767+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Experience the rich history of Cape Town
  • Stop on safari in one of the region’s finest destinations
  • Witness a true cross section of how magnificent Africa is
  • See the views of Cape Town from atop Table Mountain
  • Get immersed in Cape Town’s rich cultural history
  • Sample some top-shelf South African wine
  • Embark on daily game drives in Sabi Sands
  • See some of the iconic “Big 5” game
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Tour Overview

Begin your trip to Africa with a tour of Cape Town, Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula and the Cape Winelands. Leaving the Cape Town region you will have a completely different South African experience as you go on safari in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to Kreuger National Park. Before your tour ends you will spend the final days exploring the magnificent Victoria Falls from Zambia.

In Cape Town, your days will be spent exploring the culture and history of the city and its surroundings. You will also engage in a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, which involves stunning views, long golden beaches, the jackass penguin colony, and the Cape of Good Hope – Africa’s most southwestern point. Your final day will be spent in the winelands, north of Cape Town, touring the many vineyards and wineries that are making South African wines some of the most popular in the world.

Following Cape Town, you will fly to Nelspruit, where you will be transferred to your lodge within the private Sabi Sands Game Reserve, which is adjacent to Kruger National Park. For the next several days, you will engage in daily game drives of the area, which is arguably one of the premier private reserves in the country.

As your time in South Africa ends, you will fly to Livingstone, Zambia. This is where you will be based out of to explore Victoria Falls – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Here, there are many adrenaline sports from zip lines and bungee jumping, to white water rafting, surfing and kayaking. For the more sedate, there are river cruises, elephant rides, local arts, craft and cultural experiences, fishing, golf, and safaris, just to name a few.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
One way local airfare from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Cape Town to Nelspruit, Nelspruit to Livingstone, and Livingstone to Johannesburg, Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast, Meals where specified, Activities where specified, All transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, Guided tours in English including all entrance fees, Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

Notes:
* Full open or netted rooms are available; please enquire with your Yampu Travel Consultant.
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Pricing Details
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Double £$6410 £$6767 £$7253 £$7383
Single £$10018 £$10501 £$11615 £$11698

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to Johannesburg

Overnight flight to Johannesburg

Overnight flight to Johannesburg

Day
2

Johannesburg – Cape Town

Day flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Once arrived, spend the day at leisure.

Day flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Once arrived, spend the day at leisure.

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Day
3

Tour of Cape Town

Start today with a private city tour. Keep an eye open for seldom seen sights and seldom heard stories about the city’s former inhabitants; previous visitors; beautiful architectural heritage; social, cultural, religious and political history.
Afterwards, make way to the Cable Car Station for a memorable trip to the top of Table Mountain, one of the Natural Wonders of the World. The views of the city, coastline and Cape Peninsula are in a word: breathtaking. Then return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
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Day
4

Exploring the Cape Peninsula

After breakfast embark on a full day, private tour of the Cape Peninsula that showcases some of Cape Town’s best scenery and attractions. Stop at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, these beautiful gardens are home to over 6000 species of plants. Travel on to visit the Jackass Penguin Colony at Boulders Bay and perhaps have a swim on the beach next door. After a stop for lunch overlooking False Bay, move on to Cape Point, which is the south westernmost point of Africa and one of the most dangerous points to sail around in the world. On the way back look for wildlife while traveling through Cape Point National Park, before going round Chapman’s Peak Drive and back to the hotel for an evening at leisure. ...read less

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Day
5

Wines of South Africa

After breakfast take a trip to the Winelands region just North of Cape Town. South African wine is one of the fastest growing in popularity and some of the best wine makers in the country will be showcased. Experience several tastings as well as a private cellar tour. The Winelands region is also incredibly beautiful, with the vineyards woven through spectacular mountain ranges. Stop for lunch in Franschhoek, which is the gourmet capital of South Africa, and soak up the surroundings while enjoying some first rate cuisine. This is a fantastic day out. ...read less

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Day
6

Cape Town – Sabi Sands Game Reserve

After breakfast transfer to the airport for a flight to Nelspruit. Upon arrival, transfer to the lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for a flight to Nelspruit. Upon arrival, transfer to the lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

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Day
7

First day on safari

First Day on Safari: Open safari vehicles, seating up to 6 visitors, head out into the wild under the expert guidance of experienced rangers and insightful trackers. Guests are able to get in close contact with Africa's most exciting wildlife species, and are presented with unparalleled photographic opportunities. Early morning game drive heads out as the sun rises and as the bush stirs to life. The ranger and tracker teams search for animals by tracking their spoor, and by listening for the tell-tale signs of activity. The middle of the day is free to relax at the hotel. Enjoy a guided bush walk with an experienced ranger to feel the pulse of the Africa and witness the bush a close quarters. The bush has its own language, and it is fascinating to watch those who possess the tools to encode it. No two bush walks are the same. Late afternoon game drive commences as the sun burns its way towards the horizon. The animals are now getting more active, many preparing for the great hunt after dark. After sundowners, the drive continues with the aid of powerful spotlights which reveal nocturnal species in another world. On average, approximately 6 hours of game drives per day. ...read less

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Day
8

Game drive through Sabi Sands

Another Safari day starting with morning game drive, followed by free time and late afternoon game drive. Each day will differ in the animals that may be near or ask the tracker to search out animals which may not have been seen yet. Trackers watch the road for spoor and prints and communicate with other vehicles to find where the best viewing of the day may be. In the evening, animals come out of the shade. Maybe even witness lions heading off on a hunt or elephants silhouetted before the vibrant colors of the sunset.

Another Safari day starting with morning game drive, followed by free time and late afternoon game drive. Each day will differ in the animals that may be near or ask the tracker to search out animals which may not have been seen yet. Trackers watch the road for spoor and prints and communicate with other vehicles to find where the best viewing of the day may be. In the evening, animals come out of the shade. Maybe even witness lions heading off on a hunt or elephants silhouetted before the vibrant colors of the sunset.

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Day
9

Last day on safari

Last Safari day and last chance to see these remarkable animals in the wild. This represents an amazing opportunity to see all these beautiful animals.

Last Safari day and last chance to see these remarkable animals in the wild. This represents an amazing opportunity to see all these beautiful animals.

Day
10

Sabi Sands – Livingstone

After breakfast and the morning game drive, transfer to the airport for a flight to Livingstone. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Take the day at leisure to explore the new surroundings.

After breakfast and the morning game drive, transfer to the airport for a flight to Livingstone. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Take the day at leisure to explore the new surroundings.

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Day
11

Tour of Victoria Falls

After breakfast, set off on a tour of the remarkable Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls, now approximately 150 million years old, reaches its peak volume around May each year. The sights, sounds, and smells of this massive fall will truly inspire; it creates such a humbling feeling, seeing a true masterpiece of nature. Tours to the falls are conducted in the morning and afternoon. En route, go past the ‘Big Tree’ and stop for a photo op. Journey through the rainforest by one of our qualified Guides who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist clients with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed. Overnight at lodge. ...read less

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Day
12

International flight home via Livingstone

After breakfast transfer to the airport for a flight home or optional Yampu Tours add-on.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for a flight home or optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Sabie Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe

Places You'll See

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    Cape Town

    As Africa’s most popular tourist destination, Cape Town has much to offer. From its natural features such as Table Mountain, or Hout Bay with its views of the Atlantic Ocean, to its cultural attractions and several hundred shops, it has something for everyone. The Two Oceans aquarium is a popular destination, with its large viewing windows and seven exhibition galleries.

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    Sabi Sands Game Reserve

    With more than 200 different species of animal, including the Big Five, Sabi Sands Game Reserve is one of the best places for a real African safari. It is also home to thousands of plant varieties. Enjoy early morning or night drives through the terrain, or a guided hiking tour.

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    Victoria Falls (Zambia/Livingstone)

    Twice the height of the Niagara Falls and the world’s largest curtain of falling water, Victoria Falls will not disappoint. The falls offer many experiences that are once in a lifetime. From bungee jumping to looking over the falls from the water just inches away from the official drop, Victoria Falls is a must!

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Cape Town : Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge

Cape Town : Protea Hotel Fire & Ice

Cape Town : Inn on the Square

Livingstone (Zambia) : Thorn Tree Lodge

4 Star Properties

Cape Town : Protea Hotel Victoria Junction

Cape Town : Adderley Hotel (Waterfront)

Cape Town : The Vineyard (Newlands)

Cape Town : Victoria & Alfred Hotel

Livingstone : Stanley Safari Lodge (Baobab Cottage)

5 Star Properties

Cape Town : Taj Cape Town

Cape Town : Cape Royale

Cape Town : Cape Grace

Livingstone : Tongabezi Lodge (Nut House)

Luxury Properties

Cape Town : Table Bay Hotel

Testimonials

Joel M.

Traveled August, 2014

Everything was perfect! Guides were wonderful!

Everything was perfect! Guides were wonderful! I especially loved the Chitwa Chitwa. The experiences here were fabulous, including eating dinner with a family of elephants, including a baby. From our room and the lodge we saw a herd of Hippos, crocodiles in the morning and two lions. On the drive we saw an Impala in a tree which had been killed by a lion. Then shortly thereafter we saw a leopard leap up into the tree to eat the impala. We also went to an art opening, and liked a painting so much that we decided to buy it and take it home. It was her first painting to sell and she was so happy she gave it to me. I hope in some way my trip to South Africa, may have changed this student’s life, who will now have more confidence as an artist.

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Bill

Traveled May, 2012

We had an amazing time

We had an amazing time. Africa exceeded every expectation that we had. The weather was outstanding, the food was good. The guides (with the exception of Johannesburg) were great. I only wound up taking 687 pictures. I’m now trying to get these into my computer and into a file that I can send to my friends. They all want to see what we experienced. I have mentioned Yampu several times to friends, telling them how pleased we were with your services. We won’t hesitate to recommend you and Yampu in the future. Thanks for playing such a great role in making this a most unforgettable vacation.

Trent S.

Traveled October, 2014

Can’t think of a single thing we didn’t love about the whole experience

Can’t think of a single thing we didn’t love about the whole experience. From the phone conversations with Yampu to the representatives who met us at each airport and hotel everyone was great. And the properties they set us up with?! Amazing! Their own websites didn’t do them justice. Every day was better than the day before so every day you saw me was the best day of my life.

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