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South Africa

November 03 to 16, 2018

Warmed by the African sun, Cape Town is dominated by a towering, table-shaped mountain, set on a peninsula of soaring, rocky heights and lush valleys, where two oceans converge, the Indian and Atlantic. Cape Town offers mountain wilderness, rugged coastlines, beaches, lush gardens, beautiful wine estates and warm, friendly people. Your safari at both Ivory Tree Game Lodge and Elephant Plains Camp will delight you with its wildlife, as you are almost sure to see the Big Five. Avian and animal life is prolific in this park so in addition to a variety of predators, there is an abundance of wild game and birdlife. Without doubt, Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world and the perfect way to end this exciting tour.

Per person sharing in double occupancy (Air and land from JFK): $8,995.00
Single Supplement: $1,750.00   

Credit for not using our included airfare $900.00

Speaker: Marjorie A. Geisz-Everson, PhD,RN,CRNA

Topic: Current Issues in CRNA Practice

This program is prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 20 CE credits

AANA Code Number: 1035307                               Expiration Date: 11/16/2018

Group Size minimum is 6 participants, maximum is 12 participants          

CRNA registration fees: $300.00 for alumni of STS and $500.00 for new participant

Your tour does not include

  • Visa (currently gratis for US tourists for S. Africa while $30 payable in Cash at Victoria Falls for Zimbabwe’s visa).
  • Airport taxes, fuel surchrges and security charges (estimated $500.00)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Additional transportation, hotel/dayroom necessitated by airline schedule  changes and any additional services not specified
  • Personal expenses such as telephone/internet, laundry, room service, gratuities, beverages, etc..

Your tour includes

  • Airfare from JFK to Cape Town and back from Johannesberg (Air allowance $900.00 for those not using our included air)
  • Internal air within Southern Africa and from/to Victoria Falls.
  • Transport in a luxury air-conditioned coach, 4WD vehicles for the safari, bottled mineral on board vehicles
  • Services of English speaking guides and park rangers
  • Accommodations as specified
  • Meals as specified (B-breakfasts on days 2 - 12, L-lunches on days 2 & 3 and D-dinners on days 1, 5 - 9)
  • Baggage porters at hotels
  • Entrance fees to National Parks and sites visited

Note: While it is possible to obtain the visa for Brazil at the border (falls) it is HIGHLY recommended that you have it in your passport before you leave the US. Not doing so could cause a long delay and cut into your time sightseeing.

View Tour Itinerary

Nov 03 - 04
Arrival at Cape Town

Depart your hometown arriving in Cape Town the second day. You will be met by our local representative and transferred to the Portswood Hotel (or similar) at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Rest of the day at leisure before a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Nov 05
Winelands Tour

Depart after breakfast on a full day tour to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Head off to the heart of South Africa's wine industry, Stellenbosch, boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, you are truly spoilt for choice when you enjoy your first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate or similar. Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the “gourmet capital” of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style. Attend a wine tasting then enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award-winning restaurants. Onward to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of a cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. Return to Cape Town for your overnight. (B,L)

Nov 06
Cape Town

Depart for the Cape Peninsula following the Atlantic seaboard to the coastal suburbs of Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno and Hout Bay. Pass over Chapman’s Peak with its breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean. Upon arrival at the Cape Point Nature Reserve head to the visitor’s center to summit Cape Point. Formerly thought to have been the place where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet, this point has been the treacherous site of many a shipwreck and offers some of the most spectacular views of False Bay and the Cape of Good Hope. Continue along the coast to a local restaurant for a mouth-watering seafood feast. Black Marlin, once a whaling station, ensures the perfect setting for an idyllic lunch. Further to Simon’s Town, Cape Town’s Naval Base to visit the local African (Jackass) Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. One final stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before returning to the hotel for your overnight. (B,L)

Nov 07
Cape Town

Explore the township and visit a local clinic in the area of Langa, meet with workers and traditional healers. Participate in tavern/shebeen activity and interact with the locals. Head to Robben Island gateway for a quick lunch before boarding the ferry to the island. Afterwards tour one of Cape Town’s premier tertiary academic hospitals, Groote Schuur. Situated on the slopes of Devil’s Peak the hospital was founded in 1938 and is the largest government funded teaching hospital in Cape Town. It underwent a major extension in 1984 when two new wings were added; the old main building now houses academic clinical departments and a museum dedicated to the first heart transplant performed by Dr. Christiaan Barnard in December 1967. Return to your hotel. (B)

Nov 08
Cape Town

Free day. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Nov 09
Cape Town to Pilanesberg Game Reserve

This morning transfer to the Cape Town airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival, travel overland to Pilanesberg National Park. Check in at Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge or similar. In the late afternoon you will meet with your ranger for tea and a briefing before departing on your first game drive. Afterwards transfer to Pilanesberg for overnight. (B,L,D)

Nov 10
Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

Two daily game drives are part of the lodge experience and your skilled ranger and tracker do their best to find the animals of Africa for you to admire. Shepherds Tree Game Lodge is a lodge concession awarded by the North West Parks and Tourism Board within the existing Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The entire lodge lays in an exclusive-use zone in the south-western portion of the 57,250ha “Big 5″ and malaria-free reserve. The magnificent Shepherds Tree Game Lodge acts as a central gathering point and social environment for all guests as well as the point from which all the activities depart and return. The lodge’s flawless finishes, featured architecture and interior design are the hallmark of the entire lodge. Among the most experienced in the Pilanesberg, your hosts are committed to bringing you close encounters with a wide variety of game, including the Big 5, cheetah and wild dog during morning and evening game drives. (B,L,D)

Nov 11
Johannesburg to Kapama Private Game Reserve

Early morning transfer to the Johannesburg airport for your flight to Hoedspruit Airport. On arrival you will be met and transfered to Kapama Private Game Reserve or similar. Depending on your time of arrival at the lodge you may have the opportunity to set out on an evening safari. Return to the camp for dinner. (B,L,D)

Nov 12
Kapama Private Game Reserve

Rise early for a game drive departing between 5:00AM and 5.30AM. Gather for tea or coffee and rusks before heading out at first light. If you 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 a two-day safari. There are also many other species to be seen, large and small, as well as fascinating plants and colorful birds. 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 lodge. At about 3:30PM everybody convenes again for high tea, before departing with the same ranger/tracker team on an African bush safari. Return to the lodge at around 7:00PM, where there is time to freshen up before dinner. (B,L,D)

Nov 13
Kapama, Hoedspruit & Johannesburg

Early morning safari followed by breakfast. This morning after your game activity you will be transferred to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at the airport you will take the complimentary shuttle to the D’Oreale Grand Hotel (or similar) where you will be staying for the night. (B)

Nov 14
Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

After breakfast take the shuttle back to Johannesburg International Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Victoria Falls Hotel or similar where you will be staying for the next 3 nights. (B)

Nov 15
Victoria Falls

This morning you will be taken on a tour of Victoria Falls to discover how they were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. It is well worth taking a guided tour. These tours are informative and last for 2½ hours. In the afternoon you will head out for a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River with drinks and snacks included. (B)

Nov 16
Victoria Falls - US

Enjoy your morning at leisure to participate in some optional tours which can be booked through the hotel or the local agent. Then transfer to the airport for your flight back to Johannesburg in order to connect to your evening flight back home arriving in the US the next day – November 17. (B)

We (STS) reserve the right to change hotels, restaurants or the order of activities if/as needed