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Exuberant South Africa for the Experiential Traveler

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PRIVATE/GROUP TOUR - 13 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $6999+

Private/Group Tour Highlights

  • Experience the False Bay coastline with a glorious morning of sea kayaking before witnessing the adorable South African Penguins among other aquatic life.
  • Savor South African wine throughout the delightful heart of the Cape Winelands through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads.
  • Learn about South Africa’s teeming wildlife and various landscapes with fun excursions at some of the country's finest safari lodges.
  • Spot wild game high above the plain lands near the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment with a sunrise hot air balloon ride.
  • Keep an eye out for Africa’s “big five” during the lodges’ group game drives and informative walking safaris with expert guides and trackers.
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Tour Overview

Our Tour Consultants have created yet another extraordinary experiential tour in honor of Yampu’s 20th Anniversary and this time, things are getting wild… experience Exuberant South Africa for the Experiential Traveler!

With our latest travel special, starting at $6,999 per person*, Yampu Explorers can explore South Africa’s eccentric city of Capetown with its lively atmosphere and diverse landscape before kayaking along the Cape’s coast for the first taste of Africa’s wildlife, African Penguins! Continue on to sample some of Africa’s finest wines while touring the local vineyards of the Cape Winelands. From there, things only get wilder as you transfer to your safari lodge of choice for a true African wildlife expedition. Talk about rooms with a view

In the private Karongwe Game Reserve, rich in untamed wildlife, spot Africa’s “Big Five” during exhilarating game drives and walking safaris. It doesn’t stop there… After you have your fill of exploring the lands by jeep and foot with expert trackers, take to the air with an early morning hot-air balloon safari for an unbelievable vantage point of the majestic creatures below to cap off the travel experience of a lifetime.

Along with exceptional experiences, you will be traveling in Yampu style with private assistance, transfers, and tours with accommodations that have been personally inspected by our elite team of Travel Consultants.

Also, ask us about a once in a lifetime extension to Vicotria Falls to add further to your wild experience!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(NOTE: Trip must be booked as is by January 31st, 2018 and travel completed by March 15th, 2019. Cannot be combined with other promotions. Certain blackout dates apply. Upgrade to 5-star accommodations starting at $8,199pp. Please contact us for more information) *

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Package Price: $6999
Pricing Details

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 Cape Town

Upon arrival to Cape Town, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Note: Check-in to the hotel is normally after 2:00 PM. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed). You may store your luggage at the hotel until you are able to check-in.

Upon arrival to Cape Town, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Note: Check-in to the hotel is normally after 2:00 PM. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed). You may store your luggage at the hotel until you are able to check-in.

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2

Private Full day Hiking Table Mountain and City Tour

A splendid way to get to know the Mother City intimately, starting with a hike on the geographical formation which guards her – Table Mountain. After lunch (on own account), explore the history, architecture and culture which makes Cape Town the colorful and vibrant city it is today.

Note: If the cable car is not operational on the day, and depending on fitness levels, the walk will be adapted accordingly

A splendid way to get to know the Mother City intimately, starting with a hike on the geographical formation which guards her – Table Mountain. After lunch (on own account), explore the history, architecture and culture which makes Cape Town the colorful and vibrant city it is today.

Note: If the cable car is not operational on the day, and depending on fitness levels, the walk will be adapted accordingly

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3

Private Full Day Sea Kayaking and Cape Point Tour with Lunch

There is no better way to experience the False Bay coastline other than a morning sea kayaking experience. The latter part of the day sees you visiting the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, then on Chapman's Peak Drive to Hout Bay, ending at your hotel in the late afternoon. This tour includes a morning sea-kayaking excursion, and visits to Boulders Beach penguin colony, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point.

There is no better way to experience the False Bay coastline other than a morning sea kayaking experience. The latter part of the day sees you visiting the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, then on Chapman's Peak Drive to Hout Bay, ending at your hotel in the late afternoon. This tour includes a morning sea-kayaking excursion, and visits to Boulders Beach penguin colony, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point.

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4

Cape Fusion Tours, Private Full Day Bo - Kaap Cooking and Wine Tour

Cape Fusion Tours is a small company that was created to share the love of the Cape, its history, its people, the cultures, the cuisines and for the love of the quirky, artisanal, hip and creative city.

Guests will be collected at 9am for the tour. The tour will stop for a coffee to chat about the history of Apartheid and to give guests a deeper understanding of the people are in this city. Then guests will visit the District 6 Museum to dig deeper into the history of one community that was forcefully evicted from the edge of the city. Then head through to the Bo-Kaap community. This community represents the only people of colour who were not forecefully removed from central Cape Town. Today is boasts brightly coloured houses and is one of the most photographed areas in the city.

In the Bo-Kaap the Tour will stop at the home of a local lady and do a hands on cooking class, guests will fold samosas and make rooties, chilli bites and a local Cape Malay Curry. After lunch a walk around the community and guests get to visit the local spice shop. Full day tour will continue with a walking tour of the oldest part of the city and continue the journey to taste the Cape by experiencing the people, the history, the art and the architecture of our city.

Option includes: Visit to the district 6 Museum and a Guided walking tour of the Bo - Kaap area, pick up and drop off from centrally located hotels, the cooking and lunch. Visits to community projects and places of interest in the city to the guests, walking tour of the city, museums or Constantia for wine tasting ...read less

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5

Private Full Day Cape Winelands Tour

This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Enjoy three wine tastings along the way before settling in for the evening.

This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Enjoy three wine tastings along the way before settling in for the evening.

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6

Franschhoek Wine Tram

The Franschhoek Wine Tram showcases Franschhoek's breathtaking mountain views while stopping at the following wine estates: Mont Rochelle, Le Lude, La Bri, La Bourgogne, Holden Manz, La Couronne, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram showcases Franschhoek's breathtaking mountain views while stopping at the following wine estates: Mont Rochelle, Le Lude, La Bri, La Bourgogne, Holden Manz, La Couronne, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.

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7

Franschhoek - Cape Town - Hoedspruit - Karongwe Game Reserve

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight to Hoedspruit.

Domestic Flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit

Upon arrival to the Hoedspruit airport, you will be met for airport reception by a lodge representative before being transferred to your lodge. Once at the lodge, check-in and enjoy lunch before your first game drive this afternoon! All meals are included in your stay.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight to Hoedspruit.

Domestic Flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit

Upon arrival to the Hoedspruit airport, you will be met for airport reception by a lodge representative before being transferred to your lodge. Once at the lodge, check-in and enjoy lunch before your first game drive this afternoon! All meals are included in your stay.

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8

Group Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride and Lodge Activities

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Experience the magic of lighter-than-air flight near the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment. Enjoy this one-hour long flight over the scenic, Lowveld section of the Blyde River, 15 km west of Hoedspruit. The terrain is a mixture of farmland, private nature reserves and wildlife estates. The mountains to the south and west provide shelter from the prevailing winds, thereby affording you good flying weather on most days.

As the sun rises, the landscape, the vegetation and - if you're lucky, some wildlife - will provide photo opportunities. Game spotting cannot be guaranteed but on most flights you can see plains game like giraffe and wildebeest. The pilots and crew will ensure a safe, enjoyable and informative adventure that will be one of the highlights of your visit to the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere. After the flight, you will make use of the provided transfers and will be returned to your lodge.

Today will be a full safari day! Enjoy two game drives, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, as well as other activities offered by the lodge.
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9

Game Lodge Activities

Enjoy another full day of activities and game drives at the lodge.

Enjoy another full day of activities and game drives at the lodge.

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10

Karongwe Game Reserve - Hoedspruit - Home

Enjoy an early breakfast and one last morning game drive before departing from your game lodge.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your international flight home.

Note: Check-out of the lodge is normally at 12:00 PM. Late check-out may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed). You may store your luggage at the lodge until you are ready to leave for the airport.

Enjoy an early breakfast and one last morning game drive before departing from your game lodge.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your international flight home.

Note: Check-out of the lodge is normally at 12:00 PM. Late check-out may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed). You may store your luggage at the lodge until you are ready to leave for the airport.

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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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    Franschhoek

    Founded by French settlers, Franschhoek was once known for its large number of elephants occupying the valley and, arguably, is the wine and food capital of South Africa. Enjoy tours of the local wineries and bike along while taking in the beautiful scenery just before indulging in the local cuisine.

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    Karongwe Game Reserve

    Karongwe Game Reserve is rich in untamed wildlife and timeless beauty. Positioned on 21 000 acres of land, this game reserve’s lush environment is one of the best locations to spot Africa’s Big Five game within its vast wilderness. Exhilarating game drives and walking safaris are guided by outstanding rangers and trackers, many of whom are native to the region. Featuring luxury accommodation of the highest standard in 4 different lodges, Kuname, Shiduli, River Lodge and Chisomo, all situated on the banks of the Makhutswi River. Karongwe is the perfect getaway from the city and only 45 minutes from the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Hotel Options

Featured Accommodation

Becks Safari Lodge

Set in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve and overlooking the stunning Makhutswi River, this intimate location offers safari suites bordering the river and looking onto a popular waterhole. Outstanding views welcome guests to a unique lifestyle experience, combining luxury living with a deep appreciation for South Africa’s natural terrains. The environment is both honored and preserved, with the Lodge being carefully built around pre-existing trees to secure as small a footprint as possible.

This picturesque setting can be enjoyed from all angles, what with private decks attached to each suite; a large main lodge deck and a sunken fire pit all offering excellent game-viewing opportunities. In addition to connecting with the African bushveld, guests can enjoy a number of memorable experiences, each aimed to solidify a relaxing atmosphere. These include soothing, high-end treatments available at the on-site TheraNaka spa, 20 meter infinity pool; natural healing and rejuvenation is also promoted. Deeply connected with the locations unrivalled backdrop, each air-conditioned safari suite boasts a high- impact design scheme incorporating both contemporary, bold visuals and elements from nature.

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4 Star Properties

Cape Town : Victoria & Alfred Hotel

Franschhoek : Avondrood Guest House

Kruger National Park : Kapama Buffalo Camp, Tent – Full Board

5 Star Properties

Cape Town : Cape Grace

Franschhoek : Le Quartier Francais

Kruger National Park : Becks Safari Lodge

Testimonials

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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Bruce F.

Traveled October, 2014

I had a great time in South Africa

I had a great time in South Africa. It was much different than I expected. We experienced many fine dining moments including an excellent Italian Restaurant in Cape town with an interesting menu. Overall the food costs in all of South Africa were very reasonable and the best bottle of South African wine was about $30 in a restaurant. Addo Elephant Park was a wonderful place with more elephants than could be counted. A stay at Arathusa Safari Lodge made the entire trip worth going here. They made us and everyone feel welcome. The food was good and the dinners were served in different locations each night. The guides were knowledgeable and lead us to see the big five and other creatures. I managed to get up for the morning drive at 5 am and enjoyed the evening rides more than the morning ones. It was novel having a Gin and Tonic in the bush mid way through the evening ride. We were not disappointed and I was only able to take about 2,000 photos of the animals. Seeing animals outside your window or hearing them at night made it very special. The leopard below was an angry mother who was upset that we got too close to her and her nursing cubs. This was taken from about 10 feet from her as she approached the land rover.

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Mallina W.

Traveled May 2018

Oh my gosh, I had the trip of a lifetime…

Oh my gosh, I had the trip of a lifetime and every bit of it was planned out perfectly. I used to be a travel agent so I know the value and what it takes. Monica did an amazing job and I will use her for all my future travel plans!!

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