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South Africa Singles Vacation & Safari
35+ - 40's - 50's and 60's Singles Vacations

Cape Town - Johannesburg - Kruger National Park
November 30 2013 - December 8, 2013

Victoria Falls Post-Trip Available

From Johannesburg to Kruger National Park to Cape Town this singles vacation has it all. Walk the wharf in Cape Town , Safari with the Big5: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo in Krueger and learn about the history of Johannesburg. Top it all off by ending with the powerful Victoria Falls.

South Africa Singles Vacation & Safari Itinerary

Johannesburg South AfricaVacation Day 1, Johannesburg, South Africa

On arrival at Johannesburg Airport, you will be met and transferred to our Hotel. To give everyone a chance to arrive, no activities are planned today. We will meet for an optional dinner at 7:00pm.

Vacation Day 2: Johannesburg

On our guided tour we will experience a fascinating glimpse of bustling township neighborhood life. Soweto (SOuth WEstern TOwnship) is the most metropolitan township in the country - setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance and language. Drive past two former Nobel Prize winners’ previous residences; the Hector Peterson memorial; and the Chris SOWETOHani Baragwanath Hospital, the largest hospital in the world.

After time for lunch we visit the Apartheid Museum and embark on a journey of discovery of the racial segregation experienced by millions of South Africans just over a decade ago. Information on the Soweto uprising of 1976, the history of the African National Congress, solitary confinement of political prisoners and the birth of a new democratic country are detailed.

Vacation Day 3:  Johannesburg - Hoedspruit - Kruger National Park

After breakfast we will travel to the Johannesburg airport and our flight to Hoedspruit. On arrival we will transfer to the Kapama River Lodge, the largest private game lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park region. Kapama River Lodge is so named because it lies in a curve of the Kapama River.

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A small permanent water source lies just beyond Kapama River Lodge perimeter fence attracting animals like antelopes, elephant and buffalo. Watch this truly African spectacle from the warm blue water of the big rim flow swimming pool, or relax in the shade of an umbrella on loungers around the pool.

HipposWe arrive in time for our first late afternoon open vehicle game drive. At about 3.30pm everybody convenes for high tea, before departing with the same ranger/tracker team for the day's second African bush safari.

Enjoy an optional sundowner drink along the way, and get out of the vehicle to stretch your legs and watch the sun go down over the distant Drakensberg Mountains. As darkness descends it's time to return to the safety of the Landrover and let the tracker scan the landscape with a spotlight picking out the glinting eyes of nocturnal animals. Return to the lodge around 7pm, where there is time to freshen up before dinner.

Vacation Day 4:  - Krueger National Park

We enjoy two daily game drives today and our skilled ranger and tracker will do their best to find the animals of Africa for us to admire.

Kreuger LeopardExpect a wakeup call between 5am and 5:30am and gather for tea or coffee and rusks before we head out at first light. If we are lucky, the big cats will still be around after their night of hunting. This is Big 5 country (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo) all of which are possible to see during our stay in the Kapama Game Reserve.

There are also many other species to be seen, large and small, as well as fascinating plants and colorful birds. We stop halfway through the morning game drive for hot drinks and rusks from the Landrover snack box and return at around 9am for breakfast. During the rest of the day, you are likely to see wildlife like nyala antelope and vervet monkeys around the lodges.

Our next safari begins at 3:30pm so relax by the pool or take an optional tour till then.

Elephant Interaction ($130)
South Africa Elephant
The elephant interaction offers the visitor the unique opportunity to get amazingly close to an animal which can usually only be viewed from a respectful distance. Your ranger will drive you to a pre-arranged location in the bush where you will get to see sixteen African Elephants, which range in age from less than eighteen months, to thirty years. These trained elephants take half an hour out of their day to act as ambassadors for their kind. After a brief introduction, some of the elephants are brought forward for you to meet and interact with. Here you can see, feel and even smell the elephant while both feeding and photographing them. It is and ideal forum to learn about elephants, both wild and trained. An experienced handler accompanies each elephant and is there to educate and inform the guests about the individual animals, the herd in general and of course to answer any questions. You will see the behavior of the babies playing together while under the watchful eyes of their mothers, while witnessing the more mature habit of the adults.

Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species ($80)
This is an ideal activity for the restless to fill up a morning after breakfast. A guide will take your to the Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species facility where cheetah and a number of other rehabilitated animals can be viewed at close range. An educational video is shown to explain the projects undertaken by this unique establishment. A guided tour will follow to view the cheetah and other animals.

Vacation Day 5: Hoedspruit - Capetown

Another early morning as we enjoy our final game drive or take an optional balloon ride or Elephant safari.

Elephant SafariBalloon Ride ($450)
The giant candy-striped balloons lift off at first light and drift at the mercy of the wind for about an hour. This usually means that you pass right over Kapama Game Reserve and the skill of the balloon pilot is such that you can skim the top of the trees and spot the wild animals below. The hot air balloon landing can be bumpy, so hold on tight then celebrate with a glass of bubbly.

Elephant Back Safari ($300)
This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity here in Kapama Game Reserve to ride on the back of an African elephant. Meet the herd in the early morning and learn just how to get onto the back of an elephant and move to its rhythm as they walk through the bush. Elephants need to feed for many hours a day, so just because you are on top, this doesn't stop them from pulling down branches and grabbing a trunk full of grass as they walk. They are the largest creatures in the African jungle so other animals that you may come across will give way to you. After walking for about an hour, the elephants will return you to the elephant boma.

After our morning activities we travel to the Hoedspruit airport for our flight to Capetown. On arrival we will transfer to our hotel.

Cape TownVacation Day 6:  - Cape Town - Robben Island

Our morning guided city tour takes us past famous Cape Town landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope, built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company, City Hall, a baroque building and the Grand Parade. We will see St. George’s Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tut and pass the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter [also known as the Bo-Kaap]. In the early 18th century, thousands of slaves from Java, Ceylon and other Far Eastern regions were brought to Cape Town. After slavery was abolished, their descendants, known as the Cape Malay’s, settled here.

Robben IslandOur route then leads to Kloof Nek and the magnificent Table Mountain. We'll ascend to the top by the revolving cable car. Here, we'll see wild flowers and the famous silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches.

After time for lunch we will board a ferry to the famous Robben Island, whose prison was once home to the former South African president Nelson Mandela. Now a World Heritage site, a tour of the island with a former political prisoner as your guide, is an unforgettable experience and offers a glimpse into the life and times of the apartheid era.

Vacation Day 7:  Cape Town - Stellenbosch

Cape Town SealsToday is our opportunity to take a breathtaking journey through the wine lands of the Cape. Witness the wine making process from the vineyard to the bottle & visit the historical town of Stellenbosch. After breakfast our excursion to the Vineyards will begin. The route is through the imposing valley Monument in Paarl to Stellenbosch, the oldest University city in South Africa, with its picturesque Cape Dutch buildings. Here we will visit a vineyard and take part in a wine tasting. 
Vacation Day 8: Cape Town - Cape Peninsula Tour

Experience some of the most spectacular views in the world. Our tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast passing through the fishing village of Hout Bay. Here we will take a short boat trip to Duiker Island to view the Cape Fur seals. Watch them bask on the rocks or frolic in the freezing water of the Atlantic.

Penguins Boulder BeachOur tour then travels along Chapman's Peak Drive (if open) on to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. From there we travel to False Bay and return to Cape Town by way of the Simon's Town naval base where we visit the Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. The beach is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow us to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also a new information centre.

Travel via Fishhoek fishing village and Muizenberg to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens for a short walking tour of these beautiful gardens. We return to Cape Town in the late afternoon.

Tonight enjoy our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
Vacation Day 9: Depart for Home or Victoria Falls

Time to say "Sala kahle" to all your new singles travel friends as we make our way to the Capetown airport. Some of us will be departing for home and others onto Victoria Falls.

South Africa Hotels

 Johannesburg - Peermont Metcourt Suites at Emperors Palace Kruger - Kapama River Lodge
 Cape Town - Cape Town Lodge  

South Africa Singles Vacation & Safari
November 30 - December 8, 2013
Price $3,355*

Vacation Includes

* 8 Nights Accommodations
* Air Flights within South Africa
* Breakfast Daily
* 2-Lunches - 4 Dinners
* English speaking Tour Leader
* Guided Tours per itinerary
* Game Drives per itinerary
* Airport / Hotel Transfers day 1 and 9
* Admissions and Transportation as stated above
* All Taxes and Surcharges

*The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel provides roommate matching on our singles vacations, so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $900

Not Included

* International Airfare
* Visa
* National Park Entrance Fee - $150
* Tips $100 collected on day 1

VictoriaFalls Post-Trip
December 8 - December 10, 2013

Victoria FallsVictoria Falls SunsetVictoria Falls

Victoria Falls, known by locals as "Mosioa-Tunya which means 'the Smoke that Thunders', is regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  Amazingly preserved in its natural state, Victoria Falls will inspire you as much today as it did David Livingston in 1855.
Victoria Falls, South Africa Daily Itinerary

Extension Day 1 - Victoria Falls, South Africa

Arriving at International airport in Victoria Falls, one of our local guides will meet the group at the airport and transfer  us to our hotel.  Enjoy free time to relax  or take a short walk to see the majestic beauty of Victoria Falls.

No trip to Victoria Falls would be complete without enjoying a traditional dinner at The Boma – Place of Eating. The Boma is not just another ethnic restaurant but a unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa – together with the warm and hospitality of its people.

Extension Day 2 - Victoria Falls

Today begins with a visit to Victoria Falls with an experienced tour guide. No words are enough to describe the Falls.  The arid data are sufficient to give an idea of them: length of the front 1 688 m, height from 90m to 110m, water flow from 68 million to 546 million gallons per minute depending on the season.

Next is free time to do some optional activities such a White River rafting or a Kayak Ride on the Zambezi River. If you prefer a more relaxing activity enjoy an “Elephant Safaris” or a Helicopter Ride

In the afternoon we will take a Sunset cruise down the Zambezi River where we will be able to spot elephants, hippos, crocodiles in their aquatic habitat.

Extension Day 3 - Depart Victoria Falls, South Africa
After breakfast enjoy free time before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

Victoria Falls Post-Trip
December 8 - December 10 '13 

Price $790*


* 2 Nights Accommodations
* Breakfast Daily
* 1 Dinner
* Guided Tours per itinerary (not hosted)
* Airport/Hotel Transfers on Day 1 and Day 3
* Admissions and Transportation as stated above
* All Taxes and Surcharge

*The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel provides roommate matching so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $350

Not Included

* International Airfare
* Domestic Group Air - Cape Town to Victoria Falls - $400
* Visa Fees
* Park Fee - $35
* Tips

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