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TourTailor Presents: A Private Journey to South Africa

TourTailor Presents: A Private Journey to South Africa

South Africa is a dynamic destination, that combines sophisticated and modern cities with plains teeming with wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.

On safari in South Africa, explore the famous Kruger National Park or get a more exclusive experience at the Madikwe Game Reserve. Spot the “Big Five” on game drives; South Africa is home to lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and black and white rhinos. As the sun sets on the horizon, one can only marvel at the sheer splendor of an African sunset.

While famous for its safaris, South Africa also offers cultural and historical experiences. Visit the Winelands, with a delightful drive which winds its way through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Explore Johannesburg’s artists and galleries with a personal guide. Take in the coastal sites in Cape Town, such as Chapman’s Peak Drive and the westernmost point of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope.

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Trip Highlights and Customizations

  • Take in breathtaking views from the top of Table Mountain
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Cape Town
  • Relax and enjoy winetasting in the Cape Winelands
  • Seek out the “Big 5” on your safari
  • Enrich your understanding of history with visits to Liliesleaf, the Apartheid Museum and Soweto
  • Pose at the Cape of Good Hope, the southwestern-most point in Africa

Your South Africa Itinerary

Please note: This itinerary is completely customizable through our destination specialists.

Thank you for choosing TourTailor for your travel needs. We appreciate your business and are delighted to provide you with an unforgettable trip to South Africa. Below is a suggested itinerary.

When booking your private journey with TourTailor, you may always count on the highest standards of service, 24/7 local emergency contact, continuous monitoring of the progress of your journey by your Destination Expert, and the peace of mind that you will be well looked after from the moment you arrive until the moment you depart.

If this package meets with your needs and preferences, we would be very happy to make the necessary arrangements on your behalf. Please note that no space is being held at this time, and is subject to availability until deposit payment has been received.

Day 1: Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa! Upon arrival you will be warmly welcomed and driven to your hotel for your 4-night stay.

For luxury accommodations, we recommend The Cape Grace.

The Cape Grace has held pride of place on its own quay in the V&A Waterfront for the past 20 years, increasing its reputation for ultimate style, luxury and service in the perfect waterfront setting. The stylish interiors are inspired by Cape Town’s heritage and floral kingdom. For upscale accommodations, we recommend the Victoria & Alfred Hotel.

Luxury: The Cape Grace or similar
Upscale: Victoria & Alfred Hotel or similar

Day 2: Cape Town

Sleep in, relax and enjoy your morning at leisure. Your private guide will pick up you up at your hotel this afternoon for a half day of touring. The first stop is Table Mountain's Lower Cableway Station, where you will experience a 5-minute revolving cable car ride to the top. Explore the mountain's summit and absorb the breath-taking views before descending.

For early risers and those more adventurous, consider an optional, guided morning 4-hour hike up Table Mountain.

Return to the city via the old Cape Malay Quarter for a walk through the Company Gardens, a fresh produce garden for ships and locals from the mid-17th century, and now home to the South Africa Museum (entrance included), Houses of Parliament, National Gallery and St George's Cathedral.

Afterwards, stroll through the city to Greenmarket Square, where you can browse the bustling market stalls for beautiful and unique African mementos. From there you will drive to the Victoria & Alfred waterfront to board a sailboat. Set out on a sunset sail around Table Bay to take in the fabulous views of the city lights and surrounding scenery; a great way to wrap up the day!

Luxury: The Cape Grace or similar
Upscale: Victoria & Alfred Hotel or similar

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Cape Town

This morning, you will be met at your hotel and escorted for a full day visit of the Cape Peninsula. Depart the city along the Atlantic Seaboard past the coastal suburbs of Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Clifton and stop for a photo op of Table Mountain’s towering Twelve Apostles. Continue on past Bakoven and Llandudno, marked by shipwrecks, to the fishing village of Hout Bay. Here, you board a boat to view the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island (weather permitting).

Continue on over the heights of Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the world’s most spectacular passes, past the Cape’s longest beach near Noordhoek and the hamlets of Kommetjie and Scarborough. Explore the rocky coastline and unique Fynbos vegetation, home to birds like African Black Oystercatchers and Cape Sugarbirds and view other endemic fauna like Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok and Baboon as you enter the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Climb (or ride a funicular) to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse, to capture the magical vistas of False Bay, and stop at the south westernmost point of Africa, the fabled Cape of Good Hope.

After lunch at a coastal restaurant, visit Boulders Beach, for a close-up with a colony of African Penguins. Then, head home through the naval village of Simonstown and over Boyes Drive, taking in views of the fishing harbor at Kalk Bay and the seaside havens of St. James and Muizenberg.

Luxury: The Cape Grace or similar
Upscale: Victoria & Alfred Hotel or similar

Breakfast, Lunch

Luxury (Includes Domestic Air)
October 2020-May 2021From $8,395
June 2021-August 2021From $6,495
Upscale (Includes Domestic Air)
October 2020-May 2021From $5,295
June 2021-August 2021From $3,995

Festivals in South Africa


Throughout all of Africa, colorful and vibrant festivals are full of music, religion, and culture. Listed below are just some of the more popular festivals and events. Please ask a TourTailor specialist for more information about any of the festivals described below!

Stellenbosch Wine Festival
January / February

Cape Winelands, South Africa


This annual festival features over 500 wines, live cooking competitions, and Historic tours. Crafts and children's entertainment are also available.

Spier Wine Harvest Festival
February

Cape Winelands, South Africa


Each year Spier celebrates their grape harvest by opening their estate for wine tasting and grape stomping, with gourmet and specialty food stalls and a venue for children. It offers fun for all ages and a traditional harvest blessing in the vineyard.

Cape Argus Cycle Tour
March

Cape Town, South Africa


The largest timed cycling event in the world; the ride spans over 67 miles of stunning coastline and mountains.

Two Oceans Marathon
Easter

Cape Town, South Africa


This 34.8 mile ultra marathon and 13.1 mile half marathon takes place in one of the most beautiful, seaside cities in the world.

Freedom Day Festival
April

Franschhoek, South Africa


This celebration commemorates the first post-apartheid election held in 1994. Franschhoek is the nearest location to where Nelson Mandela spent his last days imprisoned.

The Good Food & Wine Show
May – October

South Africa


This multi-city festival features some of the world's top celebrity chefs cooking for an audience. Enjoy indulgent food and drink.

Grahamstown National Arts Festival
June / July

Grahamstown, South Africa


Featuring both African and International talent, this is the largest cultural arts festival in Africa. From craft markets to comedy, poetry to jazz music, there are over 500 shows spanning 11 days that offer something for everyone.

Tour de Wilderness
August

South Africa


This 5-day mountain bike tour is operated by the Wilderness Trust to raise funds for Children in the Wilderness, a program focused on sustainable conservation through leadership development. The ride covers 186 miles of singletracks mountain biking terrain through South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, traversing the Northern Tuli Game Reserve.

Cape Town Penguin Festival
October

Cape Town, South Africa


This event promotes African penguin awareness as you witness these local favorites in their natural habitat. All proceeds benefit The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB).

Franschhoek Open Gardens Festival
October / November

Cape Winelands, South Africa


This 2-day event includes visits to 10 of Franschhoek's most impressive gardens as they bloom for the summer.

Cape Winelands Film Festival
December

Cape Winelands, South Africa


This 10-day festival presents an incredible experience. Guests arrive in the evening with the option of a movie in the Spier winery's indoor theater, a food sampling or wine tasting before the feature film begins.

Things to know about South Africa

In order to ensure that you have the best experience possible, we ask that you please read the following information:

PASSPORTS AND VISAS*

A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens, and it should remain valid for at least six months after completion of travel. There must be at least two blank visa pages for each entry into the country. When traveling to multiple countries, be sure to calculate the total number of blank pages required for your specific journey. Please note that the last three pages for amendments and endorsements in the passport are not considered visa pages.

No visa is required for stays of fewer than 90 days.

Children under 18: All visitors under 18 years of age are required to present original or certified copies of an unabridged birth certificate (identifying both parents) that will be verified against the passports of the accompanying parents. If a child is traveling without both parents, an affidavit is required from the parent(s) of the child granting permission to enter and depart South Africa with the minor along with copies of the passport of the non-accompanying parent(s) and their contact details.

*Entry information is for U.S. citizens. Citizens of any other country should check with the South African Embassy for specific entry requirements.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Vaccinations: Please check with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) (www.cdc. gov) and your doctor for the most current information and advice about inoculation requirements specific to your trip. They typically recommend that you remain up to date with routine and other vaccinations. South Africa requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. In this case, you must carry an International Certificate of Vaccination provided when vaccinated. Also, anti-malaria medication may be recommended depending on destinations visited.

Medication: If you or any of your traveling party are taking prescription medicine, please carry an adequate supply as it may not be easily obtainable while you are traveling. Always place your medication in your carry on luggage to ensure you have access to it at all times.

Food and Water: Do not drink (or brush teeth) with tap water. We recommend that you drink bottled water, which is readily available. You should take the same precautions with food and water as you would at home.

Safety: It is always good practice to be aware of your surroundings and to not leave your personal items (especially money) vulnerable. Be especially conscious of your belongings at major tourist sites. When possible, we recommend that you leave your valuables in your hotel's safe.

Travel Insurance: Please ask your Destination Specialist if you are interested in travel insurance. We strongly recommend that you purchase adequate travel insurance to protect yourself and your investment against any mishap or unforeseen circumstances. It's important to be fully protected prior (pre-departure trip cancellation) or during your travels, should there be any medical or other complication. It is important that you carry a copy of your policy while traveling.

CURRENCY

South Africa's unit of currency is the South African Rand (ZAR). Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted, as is American Express, but to a lesser extent. ATMs are available in cities throughout South Africa. We recommend that you carry some US Dollars to exchange in addition to major credit cards. When traveling to Africa, carry only new issue (within the last 5 years) notes in good condition, as older notes and those wrinkled, torn or faded may not be accepted.

See the current exchange rate at www.xe.com.

CLOTHING

South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, and the seasons are reversed. At most times of the year, the days are warm to hot, and the evenings are cool to warm. In winter or on safari, nights can be quite cold; a warm jacket is needed. A general rule of thumb is to choose easily packable clothing and layers for differences in temperature. Clothing should be light to medium weight during the summer, and rainwear is a must any time of the year. Most of the country is wetter during the summer, but in Cape Town it is wetter during winter. When packing for safari travel, avoid bringing brightly colored clothing or any with animal patterns. Also, avoid wearing perfume. Regardless of your destination, make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes (preferably flat soled) for sightseeing. Please see the recommended packing checklist.

PACKING CHECKLIST

  • Travel documentation (travel insurance policy, e-tickets, final itinerary with emergency contacts, etc.)
  • Valid passport (plus a photocopy)
  • Credit card/cash
  • Appropriate layered clothing suitable for expected climate for your travel date/destination and activity
  • Casual neutral/earth-tone colors for safari
  • South Africans dress casually on most occasions, but slightly smarter clothing is recommended for city/hotel restaurants
  • Warmer coat or fleece (for winter travel)
  • Comfortable walking shoes (depending on activities planned in your itinerary)
  • Headscarf or bandana for dusty, dry regions
  • Raincoat
  • Swimsuit
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medication
  • First aid kit, bandaids
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra contact lenses/eye glasses
  • Personal toiletries, lip balm and hand sanitizer
  • Sun protection (polarized UV sunglasses, UVA/UVB sunscreen, protective sun hat)
  • Cameras and personal electronic devices, as well as extra memory cards / batteries
  • Binoculars (recommend general purpose - 8x40 or 10x42)
  • Compact flashlight
  • Necessary chargers, converters, and adapters or batteries for personal electronic devices
  • Waterproof zip lock bags

Please note that laundry can be done at most hotels, camps and lodges.

TIME ZONES

+7 EST (New York)

+2 GMT Year round

ELECTRICITY

The electrical voltage in South Africa is 220 volts. A three-pin Type D or M plug is standard. A voltage converter and appropriate plug adapters are required if you are carrying electrical items with North American 110 voltage. Some safari camps and lodges may not have 220V and may operate on solar-powered 12V electricity. Remember to bring spare batteries that can be charged while you are out on safari activities. Some camps/lodges may turn off power from late in the evening until early the next morning.

COMMUNICATION

Most hotels have in-room direct dial facilities for both local and international calls. However, as with other destinations worldwide, hotels do charge very high rates. You can buy international calling cards from newsstands all over. Check with your local cell phone provider prior to departure to determine the availability and charges to make and receive cell phone service. Internet service is available throughout South Africa.

Average Regional Temperatures

MonthHigh/Low
January:
86 / 52°F
February:
84 / 51°F
March:
82 / 47°F
April:
78 / 41F
May:
73 / 35°F
June:
69 / 29°F
July:
70 / 29°F
August:
76 / 31°F
September:
83 / 35°F
October:
85 / 41°F
November:
85 / 45°F
December:
86 / 49°F
MonthHigh/Low
January:
82 / 60°F
February:
84 / 60°F
March:
80 / 57°F
April:
77 / 53°F
May:
71 / 49°F
June:
67 / 45°F
July:
65 / 43°F
August:
67 / 46°F
September:
69 / 47° F
October:
74 / 51°F
November:
76 / 55°F
December:
80 / 59°F
MonthHigh/Low
January:
90 / 69°F
February:
89 / 69°F
March:
88 / 67°F
April:
85 / 60°F
May:
82 / 51°F
June:
78 / 44°F
July:
78 / 44°F
August:
81 / 49°F
September:
84 / 55°F
October:
85 / 61°F
November:
87 / 64°F
December:
89 / 67°F

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