South African Safari
14 day - March 26, 2014
with optional Victoria Falls Extension - NEW!
Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Special Guest Educator
Visit the countries of South Africa, Swaziland & Lesotho
This is the trip you've always dreamed of - an African Safari with all of its wonder and beauty. If you have ever wanted to visit Africa and experience a picture taking Safari, this is the time! Fly direct from the U.S. to South Africa and back. A direct flight saves you 2 days of sitting in airports in Europe!!
For this tour we will visit 3 countries: Our tour we are visiting South Africa, Swaziland and the tiny country of Lesotho “luh-SOE-toe” (on top of a mountain, accessible only by 4 wheel drive vehicles).
Our optional extension to the Majestic Victoria falls can add an additional 2 or 3 countries visited: Zambia and Botswana – you can also walk across the bridge to the Zimbabwe side of the falls for an additional country.
Some of the many sites you will discover and explore: Cape Town, Table Mountain, Durban, Swaziland, Lesotho, the Zulu’s with a tribal show, Shaka land and King Shaka’s game reserve, the world heritage site St. Lucia game reserve, world famous Kruger National Park game reserve, the Great Panorama Road, Johannesburg and a lot more!
Similar itineraries to ours cost $5,000 to $6,000
The Fun For Less tour is 14 days long - that's 50% longer than other advertised tours and the Fun For Less tour includes several days of safaris in open air vehicles.
Package Pricing Includes:
Important Note: Many travel companies show a low price, but by the time you add everything in, they become expensive.
Our pricing is a package that will actually give you more for less! Below we have listed what is included in our discounted package price.
Package Pricing: $3,669*
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Includes flight from Cape Town to Durban.
Does not include optional extension, airfare and tips.
SLC roundtrip - $2,349 (Includes SLC to Cape Town & Johannesburg to SLC, 1 night JFK hotel, taxes and fees)
JFK roundtrip - $1,929 (Includes JFK to Cape Town & Johannesburg to JFK, 1 night JFK hotel, taxes and fees)
Please call if originating from another city, it may vary from the examples above.
You may also purchase your own airfare.
Itinerary (subject to change)
Pre Day 1: March 25:
If you are purchasing Fun For Less Tour's airfare, you will need to fly into JFK New York the day before the international flight and overnight.
Day 1: March 26:
Today we will depart JKF New York mid-morning for your flight to Johannesburg and then to Cape Town on South African Airlines. This allows us to skip going through Europe and the extremely long layovers. Flying this way usually gives you an extra 2 days in South Africa.
Day 2: March 27: Cape Town
We will have a late afternoon arrival into Cape Town South Africa. After our arrival if time permits we will have a little free time around the water front or city tour. Afterwards we will transfer to your hotel to relax for the night.
Day 3, 4 & 5: March 28, 29 & 30: Cape Town
Today your journey begins by visiting Cape Town one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We will spend the next three days around the Cape Town area. Your tour will include visits to Table Mountain (if weather permits), Hout Bay boat trip to seal island, Peninsula Tour to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope (one of the most southern points in Africa). Our tour will travel by boat to Robben Island. We will tour the prison where Nelson Mandella was held prisoner for many years. We will also spend time visiting a local penguin colony and more. We will fly March 30th to Durban and transfer to your hotel. (B)
Day 6: March 31: Durban-Lesotho
A very early morning departure taking breakfast packs from the hotel to eat en-route. We will drive through the scenic Natal Midlands to the foot of the Drakensberg Massif where we leave the coaches and step aboard the 4X4 vehicles waiting to take us through the approximately 9000 foot Sani Pass. At the top we cross the border into the country of Lesotho that can only be reached by horse or 4X4 vehicles. We will visit the local village and enjoy a relaxing lunch in this quiet country on top of one of the tallest mountains in South Africa. Lunch is included. (B,L)
Day 7: April 1: Shakaland & St Lucia
We will have a morning departure and drive along the Indian Ocean seaboard to Shakaland. We will enjoy a cultural tour and dancing show put on by the Zulu's. Lunch is included. We then travel through Zululand to the World Heritage Site: St. Lucia. We embark on a boat cruise on the estuary which is home to many large crocodiles and Hippos. Late this afternoon we drive to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve area, where we will overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 8: April 2: Hluhluwe
Early morning departure for the gates of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. In open air vehicles, enjoy a full day in the wilds exploring this, the oldest Wild Animal Park in South Africa. This was once the private hunting grounds of King Shaka. A Lunch Barbeque included. We then return to our lodge outside the gate. (B,L,D)
Day 9: April 3: Swaziland
Depart after breakfast and head Northwards to the kingdom of Swaziland where we will cross the border at the Golela border post. After crossing the border we will continue driving through the low lying area flanking the Lebombo Mountains before ascending the escarpment to arrive in the Ezulwini Valley. We will arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon. The rest of the day will be free time for you to shop, swim or just relax. (B)
Day 10: April 4: Kruger Park
Early morning departure for the Country of South Africa and Kruger Park. The world famous Kruger National Park forms the border between South Africa and Mozambique. We enter the park via the Crocodile Bridge gate where our 4x4 open air vehicles will be waiting for us. We spend the rest of the day in this wildlife paradise. Kruger National Park is the home of the "Big 5". (B)
Day 11: April 5: Kruger National Park
Today you enjoy a full day in your open air vehicle in the world famous Kruger National Park. (B)
Day 12: April 6: Kruger National Park- Johannesburg
Our tour today takes us on the Great "Panorama Route" - The scenic highlights of God's Window, Bourk's Luck Potholes and Blyde River Canyon (much like the Grand Canyon). We will then drive to Johannesburg where we will overnight. (B)
Day 13: April 7: Johannesburg or Victoria Falls Extension
For those passengers who will be doing the Victoria Falls extension you will transfer to the airport for a morning flight to the Victoria Falls area. Everyone else who does not do Victoria Falls will have a free day in Johannesburg to relax or enjoy on your own and will transfer late this afternoon to the airport and for your return flight home. (B)
Day 14: April 8: Arrive Home
Morning arrival into JFK New York and continue back to your homes.
OPTIONAL - 3 Day Extension to Victoria Falls, Zambia and Botswana
Optional Extension Pricing: $1,390*
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Includes African village tour, roundtrip air Johannesburg & Victoria Falls and taxes and fees.
Does not include other optional excursions and tips in Victoria Falls area.
VICTORIA FALLS AREA, ZAMBIA
Extension Includes: 3 nights hotel in a Zambia Luxury Resort overlooking the Falls. Entrance to the falls is just out the back door of the resort. Included will be round trip flight to Zambia, visits to the local handicraft market, Victoria falls guided tour and a local African village tour. The Country of Zimbabwe is just a 5 minute walk across the bridge located within easy walking distance of our fantastic hotel. This is one extension that should not be missed. During your stay to Victoria Falls you will also have the option to purchase a tour to Botswana and Chobe National Park. For more information call Fun For Less.