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South Africa - Wildlife and Wine Travel Experience

SOUTH AFRICA: WILDLIFE AND WINE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
[Offered with World Oyster Travel, a trusted travel agent partner of My World Registry]

• 13 Days & 12 Nights
• Cape Town, Franschhoek, Johannesburg, Greater Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls

Every bit of South Africa is stunning. Whether it's the powdery beaches that invite you to laze on them all day, or burning sands of the Kalahari that inspire your sense of adventure; whether it's the carpet of vineyards or the endless dramatic coastlines that you want to stare at all day, South Africa mesmerizes all. Along with all that beauty is a turbulent past that you cannot leave without learning and appreciating. Those with more adventure in the hearts can even indulge in adrenaline pumping activities and multi-day treks through the bush. And then of course, there's the wildlife. It is majestic, it is stupendous and it simply takes your breath away.

Enjoy nature's finest on this journey to South Africa and Victoria Falls. Start with a tour of scenic Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula. Afterwards, savor wines and gourmet cuisine during your stay in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Then learn more about South Africa's modern history in Johannesburg, with a tour that visits Soweto, the Apartheid Museum and the vibrant neighborhood of Maboneng. Then, head off on your luxury safari, where you and your expert tracker guides seek the "Big 5." End your journey with a visit to the stunning Victoria Falls.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES
Apr 05, May 24, Jun 14, Jul 19, Aug 16 & 23, Sep 06 & 20, Oct 18.

CATEGORY
5 Star Luxury

PRICING
Double Occupancy - $11,595/person
Single Occupancy - $15,165/person

Journey Highlights
• Visit iconic Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of Nature
• Explore the 17th and 18th century wine estates in South Africa's wine region
• Savor delicious food and wine in the gastronomical capital of Franschhoek
• See penguins, fur seals, and other wildlife on the Cape Peninsula
• Spot the "Big Five" on your luxury safari to Greater Kruger National Park Area
• View the majestic, powerful Victoria Falls
• Enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River
• Stroll through Maboneng, named "one of the coolest neighborhoods" by Forbes and Vogue
• Have the option of climbing Table Mountain with a guide

ITINERARY DETAIL
• Day 1
Arrive in Cape Town
Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cape Town.
Welcome to South Africa! Upon arrival, we welcome and escort you to your hotel.
Enjoy welcome cocktails and dinner.
To celebrate your first evening, enjoy welcome cocktails and dinner with your fellow travelers and your Tour Director.
o Meals: Dinner

• Day 2
Cape Town
Ascend Table Mountain by cable car (weather permitting) or take an optional, guided hike for incredible city views.
Begin the day visiting iconic Table Mountain, named one of the Seven Wonders of Nature. Following a short ascent in a revolving cable car, enjoy breathtaking views of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula from the level mountaintop. For those more adventurous, we offer the option of hiking up Table Mountain with a guide.
Take an afternoon visit to historic Robben Island Prison.
In the afternoon, take a scenic ferry ride across Table Bay to Robben Island, where you'll visit the infamous prison that's now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Meet a former prisoner to learn about the life of inmates including Nelson Mandela.
Meet a former prisoner to learn about the life of inmates, including Nelson Mandela, who spent nearly two decades imprisoned on the island.
o Meals: Breakfast

• Day 3
Cape Peninsula
Spend a full day touring the stunning Cape Peninsula, including Hout Bay and Cape of Good Hope.
Spend a full day touring the Cape Peninsula. This morning, cruise picturesque Hout Bay to view the flora and fauna that inhabit the region's rocky coastline, including a colony of Cape fur seals on Duiker and Seal Islands. Later, disembark and drive toward the Cape of Good Hope, passing through quaint villages along the way.
Enjoy lunch at renowned restaurant The Foodbarn.
Stop in the village of Noordhoek to have a sumptuous lunch at The Foodbarn, the fine-dining restaurant of critically-acclaimed chef Frenck Dangereux.
Visit Boulders Beach to get up close and personal with African penguins.
This afternoon, reach the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula. Take the Flying Dutchman Funicular (or choose to hike) up to the Cape Point Lighthouse. Enjoy the expansive views of the rugged coastline that surrounds Cape of Good Hope.
On the way back to Cape Town, stop at famous Boulders Beach to view the African penguins, once over one million strong and today considered an endangered species.
o Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

• Day 4
Cape Town - Cape Winelands
Take a morning tour to main city sights, including the Castle of Good Hope, Company Gardens, and Grand Parade.
Before departing Cape Town, tour some more highlights of the city. Visit the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa, and the South African Museum, founded in 1825 and home to over half a million artifacts. Stroll through Company's Gardens, once a produce market for both locals and ships passing through, and now a place to see many of the city's national landmarks. Finally, visit the Grand Parade, the city square where Nelson Mandela addressed the nation after his release in 1990.
Depart for the town of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, renowned for delicious wine and stunning scenery.
Next, head south to Franschhoek, in South Africa's beautiful wine region. Founded by French Huguenots in 1688, the town has retained distinctive architecture and developed a reputation as the culinary capital of South Africa.
Enjoy a delicious lunch with a wine tasting at an award winning restaurant.
Visit an award-winning restaurant to savor a delicious lunch and local wines. This afternoon, relax and take in the peaceful surroundings.
o Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

• Day 5
Cape Winelands
Delight in a full day of exploration of the winelands.
Discover the romantic history of the region while tasting award-winning wines at local estates that date back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
Enjoy lunch and an educational wine tasting at a local wine farm (Delair Graff Estate or similar).
o Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

• Day 6
Cape Winelands - Cape Town - Johannesburg
Depart for Johannesburg by air.
Fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg. One of South Africa's largest cities, Johannesburg was founded in 1886 following the discovery of gold on local farmland.
Have dinner at the famed Butcher Shop & Grill.
This evening, dine at the famed Butcher Shop & Grill restaurant at Nelson Mandela Square.
o Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

• Day 7
Johannesburg
Take a full-day city tour, including a trip to Soweto (South Western Township) and the Apartheid Museum.
Your full-day tour of Johannesburg starts with a visit to Soweto. South-Western Township, as it was then known, was originally a separate city from Johannesburg, and was primarily populated by black South Africans who were not permitted to live within the city limits of Johannesburg. View the homes of Nobel Peace Prize winners Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu before taking a guided tour of the Apartheid Museum.
Visit the trendy Maboneng neighborhood.
Following lunch, tour Maboneng, called one of "the coolest neighborhoods in the world" by Forbes Magazine.
o Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

• Day 8
Johannesburg - Greater Kruger National Park area
Depart for your luxury safari at a private game reserve, arriving in time for lunch.
This morning, fly from Johannesburg to your safari lodge on a private game reserve at Greater Kruger National Park. Greater Kruger National Park and its environs are home to over 200 animal species, including the "Big 5"-lion, leopard, rhinoceros, African elephant, and Cape buffalo.
Enjoy your first game drive this afternoon.
This afternoon, set out on your first game drive with your ranger and animal tracker.
o Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

• Day 9
Greater Kruger National Park area.
Embark on a full day of game viewing by safari vehicle, traversing the bush to spot animals in their natural habitat.
Enjoy two days of fascinating and thrilling open-vehicle game drives through this region, which is home to such a wide array of wildlife, you'll want as much time as possible to see it all.
Game drives take place in the morning and afternoon, as well as the evening for nocturnal animal sightings.
For the best viewing, game drives usually take place in the early morning and late afternoon, with time to relax and enjoy your beautiful lodge accommodations in between.
Enjoy dinner back at camp, perhaps under the stars.
In the evening, dine in the restaurant or outside under the stars. Then, special night game drives allow you to view the more elusive nocturnal wildlife.
o Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

• Day 10
Greater Kruger National Park area.
A second full day of game viewing by safari vehicle awaits.
Enjoy two days of fascinating and thrilling open-vehicle game drives through this region, which is home to such a wide array of wildlife, you'll want as much time as possible to see it all.
Game drives take place in the morning and afternoon, as well as the evening for nocturnal animal sightings.
For the best viewing, game drives usually take place in the early morning and late afternoon, with time to relax and enjoy your beautiful lodge accommodations in between.
Enjoy dinner back at camp, perhaps under the stars.
In the evening, dine in the restaurant or outside under the stars. Then, special night game drives allow you to view the more elusive nocturnal wildlife.
o Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

• Day 11
Greater Kruger National Park - Victoria Falls
Enjoy a final game drive in the bush this morning.
Enjoy a final game drive this morning before flying to Livingstone, Zambia.
Depart for Victoria Falls by air.
After clearing customs, drive across the border into Zimbabwe to your new home away from home-the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel.
Watch the sun set on a sundowner cruise on Zambezi River this evening, perhaps spotting aquatic animals.
In the late afternoon, relax on a scenic sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River. View a variety of wildlife including a host of bird species, as your guide offers insights on the life of the explorer David Livingstone.
o Meals: Breakfast

• Day 12
Victoria Falls
Take a morning tour of the majestic Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world.
This morning, visit majestic Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. Your guide will explain the fascinating local customs and traditions regarding the Falls, which the indigenous people call "The Smoke That Thunders."
The afternoon brings a traditional high tea at your hotel.
This afternoon, explore the grounds and amenities at your hotel and partake in the traditional high tea.
Enjoy a farewell Boma dinner with entertainment.
This evening, celebrate the culmination of your adventure with an entertaining Boma farewell dinner, dining on delicious cuisine under the African sky.
o Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

• Day 13
Victoria Falls - Onward Journey
Private departure transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
This morning, transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home or your next destination.
o Meals: Breakfast


INCLUSIONS
• Private arrival and departure airport transfers to and from your hotel
• Accommodation as noted in itinerary, based on double occupancy
• Guided sightseeing in late model, air-conditioned vehicles (exceptions may apply)
• Services of Professional English-Speaking Guide(s) and/or Tour Director as detailed in your itinerary
• All entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
• Tips for porterage, drivers, restaurant staff and local tour guides (Tour Director tips are not included)
• Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Baggage handling, 1 piece of luggage per person unless otherwise noted. (Please note that any additional luggage may require modification in vehicle size)
• Other inclusions as noted in your itinerary

EXCLUSIONS
• International and internal airfares, unless otherwise stated
• Meals other than those mentioned in itinerary
• The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks with meals or otherwise, additional incidentals, etc.
• Gratuity for tour director
• Airport Security Charges if levied by any airport to cover the cost of security arrangements and payable locally and Airport Departure Taxes (if applicable)
• Optional and additional sightseeing not included in itinerary
• Cost of obtaining passports or required visas where necessary
• Any fees associated with using air miles for your air travel
• Transport between your home and home airport/port/station
• Gratuities unless stated in "What Your Land Price Includes"
• Travel Protection Insurance
• Other inclusions if not noted under "Inclusions"

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World Oyster Travel

World Oyster Travel, an affiliate of Departure Lounge, is owned and operated by Marilen Rose. A native of Chile, Marilen moved to the United States over 25 years ago. While growing up in her native land, her family moved back and forth across the country several times. The exposure to Chile's vastly different landscapes from the desert to the sea and the unique ways of living adopted by the locals not cultivated the crucial life-skill of adaptation, but also a desire and need within Rose to always be open-minded, to make human connections by seeking and holding what is common to us all, to stay flexible and welcoming by experiencing new ways of daily living, and to be a lifetime learner.

When Marilen first moved to the United States she had to first learn the new, local language and, after moving temporarily to another continent altogether, she came back and earned a degree in Psychology. In between those years, she had also spent time studying and living in the Canary Islands in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, where she got her first college degree in Tourism Business Management. Combining the two degrees with her lifetime experiences, she has now come full circle in her career.

"I loved learning about the travel and hospitality industry and my heart was also full from spending quality time in other countries and learning to live life like the locals do. It was a transformational experience and I decided I would one day enable others to enjoy their own travel experiences."

"I'm passionately sharing my own experience and inspiring others to have a deeply grounding and revitalizing experience or vastly enjoy an unforgettable journey, with each and every trip. I have visited many countries in North, Central and South America, Europe and Africa and have lived in 3 different countries in different continents. I’m equally fluent in English and Spanish, can have basic conversations with people speaking Portuguese and Italian, and I have many friends all over the world. My main objective is to help you find trips that are a perfect match to what you are looking for or are curious about, have access to special additions, upgrades, amenities or enhancements with the best that the local destination has to offer, and for you to come back home with a unique experience that will forever live in your memory. What better gift can there be than an experience of a lifetime!”

“My favorite trips to plan are expeditions, unique local adventures and experiences, family reunions and special celebrations, food and wine experiences, transformational or balancing retreats, snow and mountain sports, destination weddings and elopements, honeymoons and anniversaries, women trips, men trips, and trips to learn skills from the origin or hub (cooking, cycling, survival, motorcycle, wine-making, sustainability, homesteading, etc.) My favorite destinations to send travelers to are Patagonia, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia, UK, and North, Central and South America. I am also a Virtuoso Family Travel and Australis Cruise Specialist (Patagonia region.)”

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