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Mantis Madness - Semi Customized

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Enjoy special rates from 01 May 30 September in South Africa visiting the beautiful city of Cape Town, the dramatic Cape Winelands and the Big Five Haven of Kruger National Park. Prefer something smaller and more intimate, substitute the Radisson Hotel for the St. James, The Constantia, Bishops Court or Long Beach House at no additional cost.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Cape Town: The Radisson Waterfront
Arrive into Cape Town, where you will be met by an AfricaTours representative and escorted to your hotel. The Radisson Hotel Waterfront enjoys the most spectacular location in Cape Town - a prime waterfront position literally on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Just a few minutes walk from the V&A Waterfront Spacious Business Class rooms offer fabulous views across the bay to Robben Island. The Radisson Hotel Waterfront has a wonderfully relaxed and informal ambience where suits and ties mix comfortably with casual beach gear. The Radisson has 182 rooms, each one being equipped with the standard mod cons you’d come to expect. Rooms vary from standard at the one end of the scale to eleven luxury suites offering more features and a greater level of luxury. Suites contain elegant and spacious lounge areas overlooking the marina. Most rooms have sea views, and are simply and elegantly decorated. Tones of whites and blues of the bed linen blended with light wood furniture give rooms a light, airy feel. Two entire floors are reserved for non-smokers, while rooms specially equipped for disabled guests are also available. The hotel's popular Tobago's Restaurant was recently voted "Best-ever seaside bar" by Condé Nast House & Garden magazine, offering alfresco dining right at the edge of the ocean. The ever popular Mediterranean Buffet also offers a delectable selection of mezze, warm dishes and decadent desserts for lunch and dinner.

Day 2 Cape Town: The Radisson Waterfront (BL)
Enjoy Enjoy a full day private tour of the beautiful Cape Peninsular, as this is a private tour, flexibility is the key. Highlights of the tour will include time in Hout Bay, once a fishing community and now a thriving residential area, a drive over dramatic Chapman’s Peak (PROVIDED THAT IT IS OPEN) with a 200 meter drop on one side and a 200 meter rise on the other. Enjoy a visit to Fishoek beach the Jackass penguin colony at Boulders Beach just outside of Simonstown, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Enjoy lunch at Black Marlin.  A camellia-decked garden leads into a beautiful old house with lovely views of False Bay for lazy days or evenings gorging on seafood.  The Black Marlin has an impressive wine list with sparkling wine by the glass and auction wines as features, and a menu boasting coconut prawn tempura, Knysna oysters, mussels in Madeira wine sauce, kingklip on the spit, seafood platters, crayfish thermidor, LM prawns and lubbers’ fare like ostrich steaks and carpetbagger fillet.  There are pasta dishes too. Lunch has been pre-paid, in some instances there may be a surcharge for certain dishes – drinks are not included. You will be arriving between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to allow for some flexibility.

Day 3 Cape Town: The Radisson Waterfront (BL)
After breakfast you will be met at the hotel for your private “Walk to Freedom Tour”. An understanding of present day conditions in South Africa is greatly enhanced by looking at past injustice, the legacy of the struggle and the promise of reconstruction and development initiatives under way at present. By virtue of its variety of sites and sights, this tour offers a wealth of insight into South Africa’s history. You will have the opportunity to talk to the people, visit them in their homes, enjoy time in a Sheebeen, and enjoy an educational introduction to Cape Town. Highlights include: The Bo Kaap, District Six, The Townships and Cape Flats and The Mayibuye Center. After lunch you will be driven to the dock for your scheduled afternoon Robben Island Tour. Each tour is 3 ½ hours including the 2 half-hour ferry rides. The tour includes a boat trip across Table Bay. A visit to the Maximum Security prison – this includes Nelson Mandela’s small cell where he spent 18 of his 27 years in incarceration. You will also have the opportunity to interaction with an ex-political prisoner and a 45-minute bus tour of the island, which includes the lime quarry, male Leper church, 19th century lighthouse, shipwrecks, views of Table Bay, Cape Gothic- style Garrison church. After the tour you will be met at the dock for your

Day 4 Cape Town: The Radisson Waterfront (B)
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the “Mother City”, you may wish to visit the Irma Stern and SA Museum, take the ferry and tour to Robben Island, visit the Cape Townships, walk around the Cape Malay Quarter, and visit the many art galleries and more!!

Day 5 Franschhoek: The Franschhoek (B)
After a morning at leisure you will be met at the hotel and driven to Franschhoek. You will have the afternoon to explore the town. Franschhoek is the gourmet capital of South Africa. There are numerous character-filled boutique style shops and art galleries. The picturesque village offers world-class wine estates, tastings and cellar tours. The valley is also the idyllic setting for walking trails, hiking, cycling, bird watching, horse riding and fly-fishing. Golfing enthusiasts are well catered for with several championship golf courses close by. The Franschhoek is an exclusive five star historic residence situated in the Cape Winelands and right in the heart of Franschhoek. Beautifully restored in the Cape Huguenot tradition, with a handsome mixture of classic and contemporary furnishings. A wooden decked balcony affords spectacular views across the mountains – the perfect spot for a sundowner! Or just relax around the private pool. Six luxurious double rooms open onto private patio's and small shaded gardens. All have marbled en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, under-floor heating, heated towel rails, satellite TV, private safes are standard features. Included in the rates are lavish breakfasts, free drinks, bespoke wines, premium spirits and an in-house chauffeur service is available to guests. The personalized hospitality from warm, genial hosts ensures guests enjoy the “free stylishness”.

Day 6 Franschhoek: The Franschhoek (BL)
Enjoy a full day private tour of the famous Cape Winelands, as this is a private tour, flexibility is the key.  Travel via the National Highway to Paarl.  Continue to a family-run wine farm for wine tasting and visit of its vineyards.  To Boschendal for wine tasting, and Stellenbosch.  Tour of the village.  Experience the unforgiving crags that rise up in a haze of splendor around these renowned Winelands with their range of award winning wines.  Or, simply marvel at the majesty of it all.  A rare find.  Return to Cape Town in the late afternoon.  Enjoy lunch at La Petite Ferme.  This popular, family-run farmhouse restaurant, with miniscule working wine cellar, is always packed though enclosing the veranda has allowed for more tables in inclement weather and brings guests closer to the wrap-around view.  Chef Lizette Crabtree is introducing new dishes like black mussels, fragrant with lemon grass and ginger; and meltingly tender individual servings of aubergine-coated slow-roasted lamb in garlic yoghurt sauce.  Bestsellers are still home-smoked, boned trout with horseradish sauce, vegetarian quiches, pickled fish, aromatic bobotie and perennially popular 'plum crazy' dessert topped with meringue.  The Wine list: Order the farms own wine it's made with the food in mind.  Lunch has been pre-paid, in some instances there may be a surcharge for certain dishes – drinks are not included.  You will be arriving between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to allow for some flexibility.

Day 7 Private Game Reserve: Jock’s Safari Lodge (BLD)
After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Nelspruit and connecting flight to Skukuza. Arrive into the Skukuza airstrip, where you will be met by a camp representative and driven to the lodge (approximately 40 minutes). Jock Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of Africa's premier wildlife reserve, the Kruger National Park. Situated in the southern area of the Kruger National Park... Sightings of animals including the BIG FIVE can be seen while relaxing around the rock pool or from the comfort and privacy of your own room. The Kruger Park offers some of the best game viewing available in Africa and Jock Safari Lodge is situated in one of the best game viewing areas of the park. Game drives in open Landrovers, with our professional team of game rangers, offer guests the thrill of close encounters with Africa’s BIG FIVE. Walking safaris, Birding safaris and guided Historical tours will take you along the paths of legend and mystery. Interpret the signs, sounds and scents of wild animals in this unspoilt wilderness. This luxury lodge incorporates the romance and elegance of the past colonial era, and reflects in its unique style the indigenous Zulu and Shangaan cultures. Twelve luxury air conditioned suites, each with their own private sala overlooks the river as do the spacious bathrooms and outdoor showers. Each room also has a private plunge pool for a private swimming experience.

Day 8 Private Game Reserve: Jock’s Safari Lodge (BLD)
Enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive. A typical day consists of an early wake up call at approximately 5:30 am where you will be served tea, coffee and cookies in the Lodge before your start off on your early morning game drive. You will return to the lodge at approximately 10:00 am where you will enjoy a full breakfast. The rest of the morning is yours to enjoy catching up on your sleep, swimming in the pool, browsing in the curio shop or participating in a game walk. Lunch is served at around 1:00 pm. At 3:30 pm enjoy tea and coffee before setting out on your afternoon/evening game drive. You will return to the lodge at around 7:30 pm in time to get ready for dinner either in the lodge or the boma (a boma is a reed enclosed outdoor eating area. You will eat under a starry African night with the calls of the wild in the distance – a truly memorable event).

Day 9 Private Game Reserve: Jock’s Safari Lodge (BLD)
Enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive.

Day 10 Private Game Reserve: Jock’s Safari Lodge (BLD)
Enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive.

Day 11 Departure (B)
After a morning game drive and some leisure time, you will be driven to the airstrip for your flight to Johannesburg.
2:00 pm: Depart Skukuza on Nel Air (this flight can make several stops).
3:30 pm: Arrive into Johannesburg and connect with your International flight.

Rates for the Mantis Madness - Semi Customized

Land, per person double occupancy

01 May '12 - 31 Aug '12 $6,315
Single Supplement $1,490
01 Sep '12 - 30 Sep '12 $6,555
Single Supplement $1,665
Price Includes:
  • Accommodation for 10 nights.
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Transfers
  • All mentioned tours
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic Jock’s Safari Lodge (except premium alcohol & champagne)
  • FLIGHTS: Johannesburg – Skukuza - Johannesburg
  • Game drives and park entry fees
Price Excludes:
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages in Cape Town
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry
  • FLIGHT: Cape Town – Nelspruit
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