B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
2019 Road to South Africa
Day 1**Sep 15 | Honolulu –> Hong Kong
Start the trip by boarding a flight bound for Hong Kong. Meals & snack is served onboard.
Day 2**Sep16 | Arrive Hong Kong
Upon arrive Hong Kong airport. Meet an Air and Sea Travel representative who will take us to our hotel.
Day 3**Sep 17 | Hong Kong –> Johannesburg | (B)
Enjoy your relaxing day. In the late night, we will transfer to Hong Kong Airport and fly to Johannesburg, the largest and most populous city in South Africa. Overnight on board.
Day 4**Sep 18 | Johannesburg – Mabula Game Drive | (L, D)
Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport and clear immigration. Meet with the Air & Sea Travel representative who will assist with airport formalities. Travel to Mabula Game Reserve in the Limpopo province. The list of species found in the reserve includes sixty mammals, three hundred birds, one hundred plants and numerous reptiles and insects. Wildlife includes the Big Five: lion, leopard, buffalo, African elephant and rhinoceros, but also the Small Five: ant lion, leopard tortoise, buffalo weaver, elephant shrew and rhino beetle. Apart from these, the following mammals can be seen here: hedgehog, lesser bushbaby, vervet monkey, chacma baboon, pangolin, scrub hare, tree squirrel, spring hare, and more. In the afternoon, we have a game drive in 4×4 Safari Vehicles. The game drive will continue into the early evening to see the nocturnal animals. Welcome Dinner is arranged at the hotel.
Hotel Accommodation: Mabula Game Lodge or similar
Day 5**Sep 19 | Mabula Game Reserve – Johannesburg |(B, L, D)
We will take a Morning Game Drive before breakfast. Then we depart for Johannesburg with a Pretoria City Tour en route. Visit the beautiful city of Pretoria, known as the “Jacaranda City” because of its many flowering jacaranda trees and take in Pretoria’s past, present and future on this half day tour. Sites include the Voortrekker Monument, Church Square, and Union Buildings. Towering at 9 meters tall, a bronze sculpture of the late Nelson Mandela can also be seen at the Union Buildings. The statue was unveiled in December 2014 and the Union Buildings have since been declared a national heritage site.
Hotel Accommodation: Sandton Sun Jo’burg or similar
Day 6**Sep 20 | Johannesburg –> George – Oudtshoorn | (B, D)
After enjoying our breakfast, we will depart for a short flight to George. Upon arrival, we will transfer to a small town name the “ostrich capital of the world” – Oudtshoorn. Two ostrich-feather booms, during 1865-1870 and 1900-1914, truly established the settlement. With approximately 60,000 inhabitants, it is the largest town in the Little Karoo region. The town’s economy is primarily reliant on ostrich farming and tourism. Oudtshoorn is home to the world’s largest ostrich population, with a number of specialized ostrich breeding farms. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. We will visit Cango Caves, situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, where we will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. Sculpted by nature through the ages, their fascinating limestone formation occurs in a variety of ways. The Cango Caves are internationally renowned as one of the world’s great natural wonders. If time permits, we will visit Cango Wildlife Ranch. Established in 1977, the Cango Wildlife Ranch is internationally recognized as one of South Africa’s premier attractions in the Western Cape, providing visitors with a world-class experience like no other. The tour takes us through different habitats where we can see animals such as the crocodile, exotic birds, tiger, cheetah and white lion.
Hotel Accommodation: La Plume or similar
Day 7**Sep 21 | Oudtshoorn Town – Cape Town | (B, L, D)
Post breakfast, we will tour Highgate Ostrich Ranch for the World’s first, finest, and most original Ostrich Show Farm. Spend some time at this working ostrich farm for an unforgettable tour where you will come face to face with the biggest bird in the world. The tour starts in the breeding camp and ends with an “Ostrich Derby” as local jockeys display their ostrich riding skills. After lunch, we will drive to Cape Town, a coastal city in South Africa. It is the second most populous urban area in South Africa, after Johannesburg. It is also the provincial capital and primate city of the Western Cape.
Hotel Accommodation: Southern Sun Cape Sun or similar
Day 8**Sep 22 | Cape Town | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, depart for a full day Cape Peninsular Tour. Travel at a pace that allows us to explore the beauty of the Cape Peninsula. Depart for the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve along one of South Africa’s most scenic routes, passing Hout Bay. Enjoy a Cruise to Seal Island to view seals and sea birds at Duiker Island (weather permitting). We will have a Lobster Lunch en route. Travel onwards and visit the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The scenery en route to Cape Point, at the South Western tip of the reserve, is particularly lovely in spring when wildflowers carpet the landscape. Indigenous fauna and flora are conserved in this priceless wilderness area. The New Lighthouse is the most powerful in the world – it beams an electric light of 19 million candle power across the ocean. Ascend to the top by Funicular. Return to Cape Town in late afternoon and enjoy dinner.
Day 9**Sep 23 | Cape Town | (B, D)
This morning, depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway on a Ferry to Robben Island, a World Heritage site, established as a National Monument and a National Museum by the Cabinet of the South African Government in September 1996. We will be guided through the Maximum Security Prison, often by a former political prisoner who had personal experiences in the prison. A 45-minute bus ride around the island details its history as a mental hospital, military base and leper colony. There is also an opportunity to explore Murray’s Bay Harbour with its Muslim Shrine and Museum Shop. When we return, we will cross Table Bay for a Cape Town City Tour. Ascend Table Mountain by Cable Car for unforgettable sweeping views of “the fairest Cape” (weather permitting). Return to the city and pass through the Malay Quarter, before driving past the Castle of Good Hope, Houses of Parliament and the Company Gardens. Return to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront for some time at leisure. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront are widely acknowledged as Cape Town’s premier shopping and tourist destination. Enjoy a Thai Style Dinner at Wang Thai Restaurant.
Day 10**Sep 24 |Cape Town –> Johannesburg –> Livingstone | (B, D)
Our final morning at South Africa is very cruel. Transfer to airport for an early flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg or Thambo Airport, proceed to immigration for departure to Livingstone, Zambia. In 2010, the World Bank named Zambia one of the world’s fastest economically reformed countries. After arriving in Livingstone, transfer to our hotel, relax and enjoy Africa’s greatest natural wonders in true Zambian style.
Hotel Accommodation: Avani Victoria Falls Resort or similar
Day 11**Sep 25 | Livingstone – Zimbabwe – Livingstone | (B, D)
Livingstone is the capital of the Southern Province of Zambia. Lying 10 km (6.2 mi) to the north of the Zambezi River, it is a tourism center for Victoria Falls and a border town with road and rail connections to Zimbabwe on the other side of the falls. After a sumptuous buffet breakfast, depart on our morning tour of Victoria Falls from both sides of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are described as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. We will find out how the falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. In the afternoon, meet at the welcoming center where we will depart on our Sundowner Cruise on the Zambezi River, the fourth longest river in Africa and the longest east flowing river in Africa. Zambezi River means the “Great River” in the local Tonga dialect. Greeted by a Marimba Band and a Cold Cocktail, we will experience the wonders of the river in luxurious surroundings.
Day 12**Sep 26 | Livingstone – Botswana – Livingstone | (B, L, D)
Today we will have a full day excursion to the famous Chobe National Park in Botswana – home of nearly 45,000 elephants. It is one of the greatest game reserves in southern Africa and famous for the number of elephant that live there. The Chobe River flows lazily through the Caprivi flood plains and provides a haven for huge herds of buffalo and elephant, zebra, wildebeest and impala which are followed closely by predators including the lion, hyena, the elusive leopard and the odd pack of the now rare wild dog. The bird life in particular is exceptional. Travelling to Chobe includes an exciting crossing by Speedboat of the Zambezi River at the point where the 4 countries of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia meet. The Safari starts with a morning Game Viewing Cruise on the Chobe River with tea, coffee, drinks and snacks served on board. Large flocks of birds, big pods of hippos and very large crocodiles are all around. After disembarking, lunch is at the Chobe Safari Lodge, which overlooks the Chobe River and the plains beyond. In the afternoon, open 4×4 Safari Vehicles are used for a game drive into the park. The game drive meanders its way back to Customs and Immigration, before crossing the Zambezi and then transferring to Livingstone. Farewell Dinner is arranged tonight.
Day 13**Sep 27 | Livingstone –> Johannesburg–>Hong Kong | (B)
Transfer to airport and fly back to Hong Kong via Johannesburg. Overnight onboard.
Day 14**Sep 28 | Arrive in Hong Kong
Transfer to hotel upon arrival into Hong Kong. Free at leisure for the day.
Day 15**Sep 29 | Hong Kong –> Honolulu | (B)
Today enjoy a free leisure time in the morning. In the afternoon we will drive to the airport for our return flight home, ending our fantastic tour of the South Africa.
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