Big City, Big Game, and Big Fun in South Africa

Encounters Travel • Cape Town, South Africa

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Escape Kit

  • An 11-Day Trip to South Africa ($2,699 to $2,849 per Person), Including:
  • Round-Trip Flights from New York City or Washington, DC, to Cape Town via South African Airways
  • Round-Trip Ground Transportation from the Airport to Hotels and Sightseeing Destinations
  • Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Two Nights in Cape Town, One Night in Stellenbosch, One Night in Oudtshoorn, One Night in Plettenberg Bay, One Night in Tsitsikamma, and One Night in Addo
  • Eight Breakfasts, Five Lunches, and Five Dinners
  • Wine Tastings in Stellenbosch
  • Visit to Cheetah Breeding Centre
  • Guided Tour of Cango Caves
  • Visit to Knysna Lagoon
  • Otter Trail Hike in Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Two Game Drives in Addo Elephant National Park
  • English-Speaking Tour Leaders Throughout
  • Airline Taxes, Fuel Surcharges, and Entrance Fees per Itinerary Included
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)

The Destinations
With beautiful Table Mountain to the south and the Atlantic Ocean's thunderous waves to the north, Cape Town's views have got it going on. But the scenes unfolding daily on its city streets prove equally colorful: Brightly painted facades house sidewalk cafes and art galleries buzzing with folks of all backgrounds. The active populace embraces surfing, biking, and myriad other outdoor adventures—the more hair-raising, the better. And jovial Cape Town doesn't skimp on the music; people could break into song and dance on any corner at any time, and no one would be surprised.

Head east along the coast from Cape Town to bask in the wide-open wilderness and small-town serenity along South Africa's "Garden Route." The oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch offer a relaxing setting for a stroll after a tasting of the region's excellent wines. Visitors can get a glimpse of the vast world underfoot among the eerie rock formations of the Cango Caves outside Oudtshoorn. And the continent's signature wildlife—including elephants, black rhinos, lions, and hyenas—roam past the rare native flora in beautiful Addo Elephant National Park, near the eastern end of the Garden Route.

See South Africa from every angle with this eleven-day tour, courtesy of Encounters Travel.

The Itinerary
day 1: Fly to Cape Town from New York or Washington aboard South African Airways.
Meals provided by airline.

day 2: Arrive in Cape Town, where a representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel to help you settle in, introduce you to the area, and finalize any side trips you'd like to take.
Overnight at Southern Sun Cape Sun.

day 3: You'll have a free day to explore or arrange any number of local tours, from shark adventures to walking tours.
Overnight at Southern Sun Cape Sun. Breakfast provided.

day 4: In a comfortable expedition vehicle (your ride for the coming adventure), you'll leave Cape Town and head to Stellenbosch, known worldwide for its quality wines, natural beauty, and historical buildings. After exploring the town and sampling wine from a local vineyard, you'll head to the Cheetah Breeding Centre to experience these big cats first-hand.
Overnight at Lord Charles Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 5: Travel along famous Route 62 toward Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. Time permitting, you'll stop along the way at Ronnie's Sex Shop—which isn't a sex shop, but rather a unique country pub. Next, take a guided tour of the limestone caverns at Cango Caves, then visit an Ostrich farm in the afternoon.
Overnight at Kleinplaas Holiday Resort. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 6: The tour continues along the Garden Route, through the Outeniqua Mountains, and toward Knysna. Your afternoon is free to explore Knysna, one of South Africa's most popular seaside towns, boasting lagoons and water sports galore.
Overnight at Forever Resort Plettenberg Bay. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

days 7 and 8: The day begins in Tsitsikamma National Park, one of South Africa's best-kept secrets, featuring top-notch hiking trails and beautiful coastal scenery. There, you'll get a chance to explore on the first few hours of the famous Otter Trail Hike. Looking for an adrenaline rush? The nearby Bloukrans Bridge is home to the world's tallest bungee jump at 708 feet high.
Overnight at Tsitsikamma Village Inn. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 9: Continuing onward to the Eastern Cape, the tour enters Addo Elephant National Park, home to Africa's big game, where you'll get plenty of opportunities to snap pictures from your elevated perch on the expedition vehicle.
Overnight at Avoca River Cabins. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

day 10: After a game drive in Addo, you'll leave the park and the tour ends with a transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport.
Breakfast provided.

day 11: Arrive in the United States around 6:30 a.m.
Meals provided by airline.

2013 Dates
JFK: October 25 ($2,749), November 22 ($2,849), and December 6 ($2,849)
IAD: October 11 ($2,699), November 8 ($2,849), and November 29 ($2,849)

  • "People come to southern Africa for its natural beauty, wildlife, and sunshine, and few leave disappointed."

    -- Frommer's

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the fine print

  • Vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay
  • Reservations required and subject to availability
  • Not valid toward existing or room block reservations
  • Vouchers must be redeemed by August 15 2013 to guarantee promotional price. If vouchers are not redeemed by this date a supplement may be charged to cover higher flight costs
  • Merchant cancellation policy applies. For more information, please see www.encounterstravel.com/booking_conditions.php
  • Vouchers are considered redeemed once first contact is made with Encounters Travel and limited refunds will be available if cancellations are made after; voucher subject to forfeiture
  • When purchasing and gifting vouchers please list name(s) exactly as given on your passport(s)
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Reservations required and subject to availability; minimum number of 4 guests required per each departure
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the hotel. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $350 and may not be available in some smaller properties
  • Other major US airports available for a surcharge to be collected at time of booking
  • Accommodation providers are subject to change without notice
  • Other major US airports available for a surcharge to be collected at time of booking
  • Accommodation providers are subject to change without notice
  • Voucher includes, Round-Trip Ground Transportation from the Airport to Hotels and Sightseeing Destinations, Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Two Nights in Cape Town, One Night in Stellenbosch, One Night in Oudtshoorn, One Night in Plettenberg Bay, Two Nights in Tsitsikamma, and One Night in Addo, Eight Breakfasts, Five Lunches, and Five Dinners, Wine Tastings in Stellenbosch, Visit to Cheetah Breeding Centre, Guided Tour of Cango Caves, Visit to Knysna Lagoon, Otter Trail Hike in Tsitsikamma National Park, Two Game Drives in Addo Elephant National Park, English-Speaking Tour Leaders Throughout, Airline Taxes, Fuel Surcharges, and Entrance Fees
  • Voucher does not include Visa fees (not required for US citizens), travel insurance (compulsory and available for $80), meals not indicated in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, tips for tour leaders, and other personal expenses and any other items not mentioned above
  • Single travelers may choose to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour (limited to 4 per departure, and may not be available in every property)Alternatively, you may choose to share a twin room with another traveler of the same sex. If there are no other single travelers available to pair up with at the time of booking, then you will need to pay the single room supplement. Encounters Travel will refund this later if they are able to pair people together. Room shares are arranged in order of voucher redemption
  • Travel insurance covering medical costs and repatriation for medical reasons is mandatory; policy details must be provided to Encounter Travels at least 1 month before departure (policy number, name of the issuing company, and the policy emergency contact details); travel insurance covering cancellation and baggage is recommended but not mandatory. A comprehensive policy is available from Encounters Travel for $80 per person; view all details at www.encounterstravel.com/travel_insurance.php
  • Review the State Department's website for passport/visa requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
  • Hotels are subject to change to based on availability
  • Nights must be spent consecutively; all inclusions must be redeemed during one stay
  • The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
  • Other conditions apply • PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON December 6, 2013 • Enjoy By December 6, 2013
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