South Africa with Rose Gray

September 6, 2017 to September 19, 2017

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The stripes on a zebra are like a human fingerprint. No two are the same. So too, are journeys to Africa. Join Rose Gray from the Fox World Travel Show on 620WTMJ on this adventure of a lifetime in South Africa!

Some of the incredible highlights include:

  • Full day Cape Winelands Tour including the Paarl Valley, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and two wine tastings
  • Full day Whale Watching Excursion by boat in Hermanus
  • Morning and Evening Game Drives at Kruger National Park
  • Private Bush Breakfast and a Boma, which is a traditional dance and signing performance
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise in Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River
  • Full Day Chobe National Park land and water-based game viewing & drive

A message from Rose:

Join me in South Africa –

In March 2015 I had the privilege to travel to South Africa with African Travel, Inc.  It was one of the most incredible trips of my life; an adventure I will never forget and one that I was anxious to share with my Fox World Travel friends and WTMJ listeners. But sharing through blogs and photos wasn’t enough.  I wanted to make this extraordinary journey available to anyone who has dreamed of exploring South Africa.

I am excited that Select Group Vacations has been able to create an outstanding itinerary which includes the beautiful winelands, big game viewing at a private game reserve, the cosmopolitan areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg and Victoria Falls which is one of the seven natural Wonders of the World.  I hope that you will consider joining me as we discover together the vibrant cultures and stunning scenery of South Africa.

 

With our air-inclusive package, you'll depart from Milwaukee and board your overnight to Johannesburg. Or meet us in Johannesburg on your own flights.

On arrival in Johannesburg, you are met by a “VIP” representative, who will assist you with customs formalities, help you collect your luggage and through to the arrivals hall.

As you enter the arrivals hall, look for a representative from Thompsons Africa, holding a sign with your name on it. Should you need any additional services such as exchanging currency or cell phone rental, our representative will be able to assist. You will be handed your tour documents and assisted to your ongoing flight to Cape Town.

Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met and escorted to your awaiting vehicle for transfer to your reserved hotel.

With its majestic Table Mountain backdrop, Cape Town is one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in the world. The city is an eclectic mix of architectural styles, reflecting both the tastes of the past and more modern designs. Edwardian and Victorian buildings have been meticulously preserved, and many outstanding examples of Cape Dutch architecture are found in the city and its environs. Cobblestone streets, mosques and the flat-roofed pastel homes of the Malay Quarter enhance the cosmopolitan ambience, while the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront evokes images of the seafaring activities of the 19th century.

Hotel: The Vineyard Hotel & Spa

This morning meet your Thompsons Africa Tour Director for a review of your itinerary. Your package contains important up-to-date documentation which includes pick-up times, internal flight details, hotel booking reference numbers and in-country telephone numbers. Please refer to this document, throughout your vacation for the most current information. Following your briefing depart on today’s excursion.

See for yourself how this spectacular southern tip of the Peninsula became known as the ‘Fairest Cape’. Your private tour begins with a drive past the pristine beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton. Wind your way along the coast, past Bakoven and Llandudno, with their ghostly shipwrecks, towards the charming fishing village of Hout Bay, a functioning harbor and heart of the local crayfish industry.

Weather permitting; we board a boat to Duiker Island to view the Cape Fur Seal colony. From here we hug the cliffs as we snake along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to fabulous birds and very special fauna, such as Cape mountain zebra, bontebok and the charismatic Cape baboon.

The spectacular sea and mountain views are reason enough to make the 41 mile trip from Cape Town.

Climb (or ride the world’s first environmentally friendly funicular) to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical vistas of False Bay. After lunch (your own account), continue along the coastline to the beautiful Boulders Beach where you can view a colony of penguins. Then head home through the naval village of Simon’s Town and over scenic Boyes Drive, taking in the views of the fishing harbor at Kalk Bay and the seaside havens of St. James and Muizenberg. To round off your day you can take a stroll through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain. During the Cape’s winter months, Kirstenbosch will be replaced with a visit to Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate.

Hotel: The Vineyard Hotel & Spa
Meal: Breakfast

This morning meet your tour director in the lobby and begin a full day private excursion to the Cape Winelands.

Enjoy a superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape. Learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. Revel in the scenery…like the breath taking views of the Paarl valley and the picturesque little village of Franschhoek, first settled by the Huguenots. Take a stroll through historical, glorious Stellenbosch with its Cape Dutch architecture, absorbing the quaintness of this lovely university town. A trip to the winelands isn’t complete without a wine tasting, so a cellar tour and two tastings have been organized at different wine estates. Of course, you’ll be able to purchase your favorite wine to take back home! Lunch on your own account will be enjoyed at a leading wine estate.

This evening, as special guests in a private home, enjoy the hospitality and delicious cuisine that is synonymous with South Africa. Your hosts, Liz and Eugene Bester, were both born and bred in South Africa. Liz has recently retired from the hotel industry and Eugene is a lawyer. Liz is involved in many activities including being on the board of a program called "Hoops for Hope" – an outreach program that teaches life skills to previously disadvantaged children.
Liz and Eugene often invite friends over to share the evening. They are warm and engaging hosts who always enjoy lively conversation and good humor. The Bester family has two friendly dogs, one of which will put on a show for guests!

Visitors often return from safari proclaiming that the home hosted dinner was one of the highlights of their South African vacation! The evening is meant to be fun and informal so there is no need to ‘dress up’ for the occasion.

Hotel: The Vineyard Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Depart this morning to the Hermanus New Harbor to begin your full day whale watching excursion by boat. On arrival you will have a short briefing before boarding the boat. On board there will be a registered skipper and a whale guide specialist. The boat will travel out to where the whales have been spotted before stopping. From there the decision is left entirely to the whales whether or not they wish to approach the boat - being curious creatures, they often do come right up to the vessel. It is definitely an experience to be treasured.

Some of the species you may see are the Southern Right Whales, seals, penguins and a variety of marine birds. If you are fortunate you might also encounter dolphins, Bryde's (the resident whale throughout the year - not very friendly, unfortunately rather shy), and Humpback whales.

For your comfort, you should bring the following; hat, sun block, cameras, binoculars, and jacket. Seasick tablets should be taken in advance, if needed, as per instructions on package. Light refreshments are served aboard during the trip. Alcohol and smoking are not permitted.

Hotel: The Vineyard Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Today transfer by private vehicle to the airport where you will be met and assisted with check in for the flight bound for Johannesburg.

On arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met and assisted with storing any excess luggage you might have then on to check in for the connecting flight to Skukuza. You will be met and driven with fellow guests to the reserved safari accommodations.

The Kruger National Park, offers an extraordinary safari experience, where wildlife roams freely in a huge natural environment. Arrive in time for lunch and a thrilling afternoon game drive which takes you into the night to view the more elusive nocturnal species.

Hotel: Jock Safari Lodge – Main Jock
Meals: Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner

Accompanied by highly experienced rangers and a tracker team, guests set out on early morning and evening game drives in the legendary Kruger National Park conducted in covered 4x4 Landrovers. The rangers provide interesting information and anecdotes about the inhabitants of the bush. Other activities include, game walks, bird watching, stargazing and visits to rock art sites.

All meals, teas & snacks, twice daily shared safari activities with local drinks, soft drinks and waters are included. Premium brand drinks are additional.

Hotel: Jock Safari Lodge – Main Lodge
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

An early morning wake-up call and out into the bush on the morning safari in search of animals not seen the day before. Return to camp for a hearty breakfast, and then relax at the camp until time to transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

On arrival, you will be met and assisted with retrieving any stored luggage, then assisted with the hotel shuttle to your reserved hotel for overnight. The remainder of the day is at leisure for independent activities.

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, the financial and commercial heart of the country. It is one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, an interesting melting-pot of race and culture. There is something for everyone, from world class shopping centers, like Hyde Park, Sandton, Rosebank and Melrose Arch to exclusive boutiques, outstanding eateries and vibrant pavement cafes. For visitors wanting to learn more about South Africa, there are an array of museums and sites showcasing the events that have shaped the country’s unique democracy. The Apartheid Museum illustrates the fascinating record of South Africa’s past, while the impressive Constitutional Court is the protector of human rights and freedom.

Hotel: Sandton Sun
Meal: Breakfast

You will be transferred by private vehicle to the airport, met, and assisted with check in for the flight to Victoria Falls.

On arrival in Victoria Falls, clear customs and immigration, then meet our Thompsons Africa Zimbabwe representative and transfer by private vehicle to your reserved hotel for the next two nights.

Late this afternoon you will be collected and transferred to the Zambezi River above the Falls for you sunset dinner cruise.

Zambezi Reflections is a dedicated floating restaurant offering dinner on the mighty Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls. Enjoy your sunset cruise and a Zambezi-style light dinner prepared onboard by the executive chef. All that’s left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the cuisine, excellent service and the spectacular scenery.

Hotel: Victoria Falls Hotel
Meal: Breakfast / Dinner

This morning you will be collected for your shared tour of the falls. It’s no surprise why Victoria Falls is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World! You'll understand it instantly as you tour the Zimbabwean side, observing the many spectacular vantage points along the width of the falls. This astounding gift of nature simply takes your breath away. Listen to the thunderous noise, as millions of gallons of water surge over the falls into a series of narrow gorges below. It is the most dramatic of shows and you'll be privileged to have seen it.

Continue with an interactive visit to a local community, where you learn about the roles played by both men and women in this society.

Visit a homestead, interact with the locals, and observe their daily lives and culture. There is a small curio shop here, filled with handcrafted items for sale created by extended family members of this homestead. Make sure you have room in your bag, you won’t want to leave empty handed. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure for independent exploration, shopping or even just relaxing.

Hotel: Victoria Falls Hotel
Meal: Breakfast

NOTE: As you will be departing from and returning to Zimbabwe today, you will be required to bring your passport with you. You will be required to have a Double Entry Visa for Zimbabwe or the Kaza Univisa.

You will be met at your hotel to begin your full day adventure trip to Chobe National Park. You will clear immigration exit and entry formalities en route.

This is a sensational trip including land and water-based game viewing. Head to the river and board your boat for a morning of game viewing along the Chobe River. The river flows through the renowned Chobe National Park providing a haven for herds of grazing animals and bird life. Just sit back, relax, and keep those binoculars handy.

Watch this glorious scene unfolding itself - large herds of elephant, often with the tiniest frolicking calves, kicking up dust as they wait their turn to drink at the water's edge. Frighteningly large crocodiles sun themselves on the banks of the river, glorious birdlife, wonderful game, and the gentle rocking of the riverboat. Can it get any better?

Following the boat cruise you will have lunch at a lodge overlooking the river. Afterwards, board safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive in the Chobe National Park where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of wildlife. After the game drive, head back to the Kazungula Border, clearing exit and entry formalities, and then onward to your hotel in Victoria Falls, arriving at approximately 6:30 PM.

Hotel: Victoria Falls Hotel
Meal: Breakfast / Lunch

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport this morning for your flight back to Johannesburg, prior to connecting to your flight to Chicago.

Meal: Breakfast

Return from your African experience and arrive in Milwaukee


  • Small group departure with only 20 travelers!
  • Round-trip air from Milwaukee to Johannesburg and return, including current air taxes and fees with air-inclusive package
  • Round-trip motorcoach airport/hotel transfers in Johannesburg and Victoria Falls
  • Inter Africa air to include flights Johannesburg – Cape Town – Skukuza – Johannesburg – Victoria
  • Services of a national guide to accompany the group within South Africa
  • Professional tour manager and host, Rose Gray from Fox World Travel *
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Sightseeing and Dining Inclusions

  • Cape Town City Tour, Duiker Island and the Cape Fur Seal colony, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden on Table Mountain
  • Full day Cape Winelands Tour including the Paarl Valley, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and two wine tastings
  • Fun and informal dinner in a private home in Cape Town
  • Full day Whale Watching Excursion by boat in Hermanus
  • Morning and Evening Game Drives at Kruger National Park
  • Private Bush Breakfast and a Boma, which is a traditional dance and signing performance
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise in Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River
  • Tour Victoria Falls, one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World
  • Full Day Chobe National Park land and water-based game viewing & drive
  • Lunch at Chobe Lodge overlooking the river

Not included: Travel Insurance, Visa fees, passport fees, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

THE VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA

Four Nights in Cape Town at Vineyard Hotel & Spa

jock-safari

Three Nights ~ Jock Safari Lodge – Main Lodge in Kruger National Park

SANDTON SUN

One Night in Johannesburg at Sandton Sun Hotel

VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL

Three nights in Victoria Falls at Victoria Falls Hotel

Hotel accommodations for eleven nights including hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling.

Tour-Only

Tour only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Airfare From Milwaukee
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $4,398.00
Initial Deposit at time of Reservation: $1,500.00 per person
Second Deposit ~ October 13, 2016: $1,500.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
 No later than May 26, 2017

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $126.26 per person ARE INCLUDED and subject to change.

About Rose Grayrose-gray

Rose Gray is the Manager of Business Development for Vacation Sales at Fox World Travel. She is also the host of the Fox World Travel Show heard on WTMJ on Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College and has completed the C T C program, a two-year management course offered by the Institute of Certified Travel Consultants. During her 30 years in the travel industry she has traveled as far north as Reykjavik, Iceland, as far south as Porto Montt, Chile, as far west as Vanuatu, and as far east as Singapore. And although she loves traveling the globe, her favorite vacation is Arizona in March for Brewers’ Spring Training. Rose is a blast to travel with and our clients LOVE traveling with her escorted tours and river cruises to new destinations, most recently Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Vietnam and Cambodia . Will you be next to join Rose?

Departure Date: September 6, 2017
Flying Delta Airlines 2436, departing September 6, 2017 from Milwaukee at 1:47 p.m. and arriving in Atlanta at 4:52 pm

Flying Delta 200, depart Atlanta at 8:12 p.m. and arrive in Johannesburg at 5:50 pm (9/7/17)

Return Date: September 18/19, 2017

Flying Delta Airlines 201, departing September 18, 2017 from Johannesburg at 7:55 p.m. and arriving in Atlanta at 6:00 am (9/19/17)

Flying Delta 2400, depart Atlanta at 8:20 a.m. and arrive in Milwaukee at 9:22 a.m. (9/19/17)

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air.

 

Visa and Passport Information:  Visas for South Africa and Zimbabwe will be need. Your passport must have no less than four blank consecutive pages for the Visa’s. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from your date of return from Africa.

Fox World Travel will assist with securing your Visa’s, however all costs associated for the Visas will be your responsibility.

Optional Insurance:   Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties

  • From date of deposit to October 12, 2016: Initial deposit of $1,500.00 per person
  • October 13, 2016 to May 25, 2017: $3,000.00 per person
  • May 26, 2017 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.