May 22 - Departure
Depart the U.S. on our transatlantic flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

May 23 - Johannesburg
We arrive in vibrant Johannesburg, a former gold rush town in the days of old, and are transported to our luxurious hotel in the lovely district of Sandton. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore this city of vibrancy and refined charm. Why not visit the upscale Sandton City shopping center before we meet for a welcome dinner together.
Overnight Balalaika Hotel in Sandton.

May 24 - Mpumalanga
After a delicious breakfast, we're off to the African bush of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South Africa Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms. Enter a world of suspended timber walkways threading through indigenous forests and alive with birdsong. Experience the true chorus of Africa - the grunt of a hippo, the bark of a baboon, or the laugh of a hyena. Luxury air-conditioned accommodations will make us feel like part of the bush as we dine under the stars in African style (included). 
Overnight at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate Lodge.

May 25 - Safari at Kruger Game Park
This morning we'll enjoy our breakfast packs en-route as we embark on our early morning game drive in open safari vehicles. We'll have a full day to savor this truly African experience. Kruger Park, home to more than 140 species of mammals - all indigenous to the lands of South Africa, also reflects man's interaction with the bushveld. Treasures like the bushmen rock paintings and majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela, represent the cultures, persons, and events that all played a role in the history and creation of Kruger National Park.
Overnight at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate Lodge.

May 26 – Johannesburg
After an early morning game drive and breakfast in Kruger Park, we’ll head back to Johannesburg.  Traveling via the scenic route of Hazyview, Long Tom Pass, Lydenburg, and Dullstrom, you’ll arrive back in Johannesburg around 7pm.  The evening is at your leisure.
Overnight at Balalaika Hotel in Sandton.

May 27 – Cape Town , Cultural Tour and Table Mountain
After breakfast you’ll be transferred to the airport for your direct fight to South Africa's oldest city, Cape Town.  Surrounded by picturesque mountains and powerful seas, Cape Town marks the point where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Upon your late morning arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for check in and some quick freshening up.  We enjoy an afternoon cultural tour of Cape Town.  This tour gives insight into the past of South Africa as well as focusing on post 1994 progress.  You’ll visit some of the projects that are helping disadvantaged communities grow and become more prosperous.  You’ll understand the “other” side of Cape Town better and learn more about job creation via community-based initiatives.   This evening we will enjoy dinner at our hotel together.  Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel.

May 28 - Cape Peninsula
Our tour of the Cape Peninsula will take us to the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay and the Cape Point Nature Reserve where we'll enjoy the indigenous flora and fauna. From the Cape Point, we'll behold breathtaking views of the Cape of Good Hope and False Bay. Next, we'll continue to darling Simons Town and Boulders Beach to visit a charming penguin colony. After lunch, we continue along the coast to the world famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with a return to our hotel in late afternoon.  Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel.

May 29 – Wine Lands Tour 
This morning we enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Winelands which will give you an inside look at South Africa’s historic wine farms. After an introduction at a local wine estate, you’ll take the scenic route through the University town of Stellenbosch. The evening is free to take in the sights and sounds of Cape Town’s premier waterfront complex.  Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel.

May 30 – Return Home
We enjoy breakfast and then check out of our hotel and transfer to the airport for our international flight home or begin our optional Victoria Falls extension.

May 31- Home
We arrive back in the U.S.

 

Victoria Falls Extension

May 30-June 3, 2011

 

May 30 – Victoria Falls
We check out of our hotel early this morning and transfer to the Cape Town airport in time to fly to Victoria Falls.  Upon our arrival in Victoria Falls we will meet our tour guide and check into our hotel.  We will have some free time to rest before enjoying a sunset cruise with time to view the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River.  We return to our hotel and enjoy our dinner and overnight.

Overnight at The Kingdom at Victoria Falls

May 31— Victoria Falls
 
After breakfast our day will be spent visiting and touring Victoria Falls. 
Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it "Mosi-oa-Tunya" -- the smoke that thunders.  There is a magic about them manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk.  Victoria Falls is about 5000 feet wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 270-320 feet into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic meters of water plummet over the edge every minute.  Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860's. This afternoon we return to our hotel and enjoy our dinner and overnight.

Overnight at The Kingdom at Victoria Falls

June 1— Optional Victoria Fall Activities
We enjoy a free day at Victoria Falls to rest and relax on our own or take part in a number of optional excursions.  Passengers can choose to take an optional Helicopter Ride above Victoria Falls , a half day Elephant Back Safari or a half day Lion Walk.  We enjoy a farewell dinner together this evening with time to share the highlights of our time at Victoria Falls.

June 2— Return Home
We enjoy a free morning before we check out of our hotel this morning and transfer to the Victoria Falls airport and begin our journey home.

June 3— Home
We arrive back in the US early today.

Price Per Person:

Based on double occupancy

10 Day Tour: $2,929.00

Single Supplement: $475.00

Victoria Falls Extension: $949.00

Single Supplement: $195.00

Pricing is based on the South African Rand at 7.4

Information & Reservations:s:

Tom Bergh • tbergh@uwsuper.edu • 715-394-8081

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Price Includes: 
Roundtrip group air from Washington Dulles on direct South African Airways flights *, one way flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, 7 nights lodging at nice hotels, breakfast daily and 4 dinners, all airport transfers in South Africa, full time professional South African tour guides, all touring and entrances as listed on itinerary, porterage at hotels.

Pilgrim Tours will assist with add on flights from originating cities.  Please contact Pilgrim Tours before booking your add on flights.

Not Included:
Air Taxes: $480.00 currently, tips to drivers, guides and hotel staff, all lunches and 3 dinners, optional travel insurance, optional credit Card Payments (Additional 3% of total bill).