SOUTH AFRICA: THE COMPREHENSIVE TOUR

 
Discover how so much of our planet can be experienced in a single country – South Africa, one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world. South Africa is a country of numerous diversities: scenic, cultural, and - of course - natural. "A World in One Country" is how the locals describe their home. Africans and Afrikaners, Christians, Muslims, Indians and Jews make up a mosaic that’s crucial to understanding this newborn “Rainbow Nation.” Jews migrated to South Africa with the earliest white settlers from the Netherlands and Great Britain. The great influx of Jews to South Africa - mainly from Lithuania - began after the discovery of gold and diamonds. Together with an exploration of the wild plains and the rocky coastlines, the canyons and the waterfalls, the hunt for the "Big Five" (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino & Buffalo) our tour will also walk in the footsteps of South Africa‘s Jews as we trace their role in South Africa, before, during and after Apartheid.
 
 
TOUR DATES:
Nov 16-26 2015 
January 10-21, 2016
Feb 29 -March 10 2016
Nov 21- Dec 1  2016
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Monday, Johannesburg – Graskop
On arrival in Johannesburg, proceed through immigration, please note: as per the South African Immigration Authorities you are required to have at least 2 full blank pages in your passport, collecting your luggage, proceed through customs where you will be met by your guide.
Depart for Mpumalanga. We will travel to the Numbi Gate where you will enter the Kruger Park for your evening game drive. Continue to White River.

Day 2: Tuesday, Kruger Park - Blyde Canyon
Expect an early wakeup call from your guide. Travel to the Numbi Gate where you will enter the Kruger Park for your morning game drive which will be in open safari vehicles.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, SANParks - Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
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 your visit at Kruger. There are also many other species to be seen, large and small, as well as fascinating plants and colourful birds. Stop halfway through the morning game drive for breakfast at one of the picnic spots.
After lunch depart from the park to Blyde Canyon – Panorama Route
Visit the Three Rondawels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Lisbon & Berlin Falls and God’s Window (weather permitting)...

Day 3: Wednesday, White River –Sabie - Johannesburg – Cape Town
After breakfast we travel to Sabie. Passing through the town of Sabie we continue on to a magnificent waterfall called the Lone Creek Falls. Further along we will stop at the Mac Mac Falls, two falls with beautiful views. We will return to Johannesburg airport via Long Tom’s Pass, a very scenic road.
Arrival at Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Cape Town. On arrival you will be met by your local guide to transfer you to the hotel.

Day 4: Thursday, Cape Peninsula
Today we do the Cape Peninsula Tour. Travel through Clifton and Camps Bay to Hout Bay – take a short boat trip to Seal Island to view the Seals in their natural environment (weather permitting). Continue via Chapman’s Peak to the nature reserve of Cape of Good Hope. This is where the famous Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope can be viewed as well as the legendary meeting of the cold Atlantic and warm Indian currents. Return to Cape Town driving along the coastline through small towns such Simonstown, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenburg. En-route visit Boulders – the Penguin Colony. If time allows, continue onto the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before returning to your hotel.

Day 5: Friday, Cape Town
Start the day with a visit to Table Mountain. Continue on a scenic city tour passing the houses of Parliament, City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope. Visit the South African Museum, Jewish Museum, The Bo-Kaap traditional Malay Quarters and Green Market Square.
Spend the afternoon exploring the V & A Waterfront. The wide variety of leisure activities and attractions on offer at the V&A Waterfront makes this unique destination the first choice for both local and foreign visitors. Return to the hotel before Shabbat.

Day 6: Shabbat, Cape Town
Shabbat Day at leisure

Day 7: Sunday, Cape Town – Mossel Bay – Knysna
Depart from Cape Town and travel to Mossel Bay. Visit the “Old Post Office Tree”, a 500 year old milkwood tree used by 15th century Portuguese sailors as a mail box. Visit the Bartholomew Diaz Museum and the replica of the boat used by Diaz to sail to South Africa.
Continue to Knysna passing through George, Wilderness and Sedgefield.
Enjoy a sunset cruise on the lagoon.

Day 8: Monday, Knysna – Oudtshoorn – Knysna
Travel to Oudtshoorn, a town renowned for the Ostrich feather industry. Oudtshoorn is also a town renowned for the Ostrich feather industry.
Visit the Cango Caves. Take a standard guided tour which is takes about an hour. View the beautiful chambers of stalactite and stalagmite formations created many thousands of years ago. Continue to the Wildlife Ranch, an endangered species breeding facility. The oldest and biggest cheetah contact centre worldwide offers visitors the rare opportunity of interacting with our hand reared cheetahs and getting actively involved in saving this species and others from extinction.
Oudtshoorn, is also known as “little Jerusalem” due to the large Jewish Community living there the turn of the 20th century. Visit the C.P. Nel Museum, with the only Synagogue to be situated in a museum; it has an Ark that is one of the tallest. What makes the Synagogue and various ceremonial objects so amazing is the fact that they are still being used.
Visit the “Safari Ostrich Farm” owned by the Lipshitz Family. The guided tour explains every aspect of ostrich farming, from breeding to rearing. Visitors will get the opportunity to test the strength of the eggs by standing on them - a great photo opportunity. Visitors get to sit on an ostrich and those who are brave enough can even try their hand at riding one. Every tour ends with an "Ostrich Derby" where local jockeys display their riding skills. A highly entertaining and educational tour is guaranteed.
Return to Knysna over the spectacular Outeniqua Mountain Pass.

Day 9: Tuesday, Knysna – Tsitsikamma – Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg
After breakfast travel to Plettenberg Bay for a short visit. Continue to Tsitsikamma National Park via Blaukranz viewpoint. The Tsitsikamma National Park, famous for the mountains, vegetation and Storm`s River Mouth. Here you can take the walking trail till you reach the river mouth. Continue to Storms River Bridge where you can take a walk along the bridge. Continue to Port Elizabeth and if time allows for a short city tour.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
On arrival you will be met by your local English speaking guide. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 10: Wednesday, Johannesburg – Victoria Falls
After breakfast transfer to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls, described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800‘s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya‘ - ‘the Smoke that Thunders‘ and in more modern terms as ‘the greatest known curtain of falling water‘. Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe.
On arrival you will be met by your guide to transfer you to your hotel.
In the late afternoon you will be collected for the Zambezi Sunset Cruise, a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River. As you drift leisurely along the Zambezi River, keep an eye out for animals making the way to the riverbank to quench their thirst or bathing hippos, hungry crocodiles lying in wait for their meal. Nothing can prepare you for the tranquility that this immense river offers you only a few kilometers from the Falls. Soft drinks, beers, spirits and snacks are served while viewing the beautiful sun set on the horizon of the river. The sunset cruises last approximately 2 hours.
(Please note: Victoria Falls is a Malaria Area. Please consult your doctor)

Day 11: Thursday, Victoria Falls – Johannesburg – Flight back home
After breakfast a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Walk through the magnificent rain forest where you are able to view the largest falling sheet of water on earth, Livingstone’s statue and a wide variety of birds and plants.
Return to the hotel and transfer to the airport for return flight to Johannesburg. On arrival in Johannesburg, proceed through immigration, collect your bags and proceed to the international check-in counters for your return flight back home.

The new Regulation 6 requires anyone travelling to or from South Africa with children under the age of 18, whether arriving, departing or transiting South Africa must be in possession of a fully unabridged birth certificate in addition to a passport.

Price Includes:

  • Round trip air fare from New York and Internal flight as per itinerary
  • 4* Hotels
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Comfortable air conditioned touring coach
  • Kosher half board & supplies for making sandwiches for lunch
  • Professional experienced English-speaking guide
  • Local English-speaking Guide as required
  • Tips for local service providers

Price Exclude:

  • Airport and security tax
  • Visa to Zimbabwe $45 to be paid on spot
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance (For details see General Conditions)
  • Shows and evening entertainment not included in the itinerary
  • Tip for our Tour Guide (Recommended: $3 per person per day)
  • Miscellaneous expenses such as entrance and departure fees, visas, security surcharges etc.

Important to Know:

  • There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
  • The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Kosher food is provided to our travellers on all our tours. We work with the local Rabbinate to provide Hashgacha for all local ingredients and fresh meat and poultry. In some cases, we fly in kosher food from Israel and other sources, depending on the destination of the tour. We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations. In many destinations we have our own crockery and cutlery. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in Hotel kitchens, we ensure proper Kashering and we use our own kitchenware on kashered and covered surfaces. All this is done under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides that function as our Mashgichim. Our travellers enjoy satisfying meals prepared by our team including fresh local fish, fruit, and vegetables. This is an integral part of Jewish travel. We make great efforts to assure that our travellers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:
A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 60-90 days prior to departure: $300 + $100 per passenger
• 60-30 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

We recommend purchasing Travel Insurance

Subpages (1): travel insurance