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South African Adventure, October 2018

South Africa, October 20 - 29, 2018!

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

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PRICING:

EARLY BIRD pricing deadline Tuesday, May 15, 2018:
MAIN TOUR EARLY BIRD MEMBER price is $3,695 per person, double occupancy. For single occupancy, add $800.
MAIN TOUR EARLY BIRD NON-MEMBER price add $100 per person, double occupancy.

AFTER Early Bird date of May 15, 2018:
MAIN TOUR REGULAR MEMBER price is $3,795 per person, double occupancy. For single occupancy, add $800.
MAIN TOUR REGULAR NON-MEMBER price add $100 per person, double occupancy.

OPTIONAL Pre-Trip EXTENSION October 16 - October 21 to Dubai $675 per person in double occupancy. For single occupany, add $295.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION October 29 - November 1 to Victoria Falls and Botswana $1,595 per person in double occupancy. For single occupany, add $295.

Fuel surcharges and air taxes are included. Fuel surcharges and air taxes are valid at the time of printing but are subject to change. Other gateways are available at an additional cost. The price does not include tips, travel insurance, airline luggage overage fees, passports fees, visas as well as items of a personal nature. Optional Tours require a minimum number of passengers to operate. This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time.  Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.

ITINERARY

SAT, 10/20, DAY 1: Depart the U.S: Depart Fort Worth (DFW) for your flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

SUN, 10/21, DAY 2: JOHANNESBURG: On arrival at JNB airport, the group will be met by your Jet Vacations Tour Manager and your local guide.  Transfer to Pretoria.  Afternoon free at leisure. Welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Johannesburg. (D)

MON, 10/22, DAY 3: JOHANNESBURG  Breakfast at leisure. Depart on a full day Tour of Johannesburg where you will visit the Apartheid Museum, Soweto Tour along with the Mandela House. Stop at Mandela Square for a photo opportunity.  The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.  The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid.  An architectural consortium, comprising several leading architectural firms, conceptualized the design of the building on a seven-hectare stand. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering the international community a unique South African experience. The exhibits have been assembled and organized by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, filmmakers, historians and designers. They include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artifacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the epic saga, known as apartheid. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental.  A Soweto Day Tours takes in the highlights of this iconic township including Nelson Mandela’s former home. You will get close to Soweto Culture, meeting the people, opportunity to try local foods and maybe even some Omqombothi (our traditional beer) at a shebeen. This visit is one of a kind, the smell of pavement-cooked meals and the buzz in the streets of people going about their daily chores. Come and experience township life, the humanity, hospitality and warmth of the people, the "Ubuntu" as it is known in South Africa. Afternoon free time at Sandton City followed by a dinner at the Butcher Shop on Mandela Square.  Overnight in Johannesburg. (B, D)

TUE-WED, 10/23-24, DAYS 4 - 5: THE WATERBERG  After breakfast, depart for the Waterberg region where you will be staying in a Lodge for the next 2 nights. The Waterberg District, located in the majestic Waterberg Mountains, is a tourism gem with several great nature reserves and a wealth of wildlife roaming its bushveld savannah. Its major attractions include hot springs, South Africa’s first-ever savannah biosphere reserve, the bird-rich Nyslvley Wetland and the archaeological site of Makapans Valley. An open vehicle safari at Mabula Game Reserve is an exhilarating experience for nature and wildlife lovers. Open 4x4 vehicles ensure close encounters with the Big Five and numerous wildlife species. For 2 days, a guided tour of the Mabula Game Reserve by a qualified and knowledgeable game ranger, with the objective of enhancing the knowledge and awareness of the visitor by interpreting animal and plant life, geology, astronomy, ecosystems, history of the area, relationships and much more. Two (2) overnights in Waterberg. (B, L, D)

THU, 10/25, DAY 6: CAPE TOWN  After breakfast, depart to Cape Town. On arrival at CPT airport, the group will be met by your Jet Vacations Tour Manager and your local guide. Transfer to Table Mountain for a cable car ride to the top of the cable way.  Ride the cable car to the top of the mountain, and then enjoy some free time on the mountain top to take in the views of the city below, of Robben Island in the distance and of the mountains that extend inland.  Without a doubt it is Table Mountain that makes Cape Town the unique city it is. Rising up over 1000m above sea level, it is the icon that makes Cape Town instantly recognizable. It is a symbol, a playground, a spiritual retreat and a big draw card for tourists. So intertwined with the identity of Cape Town is Table Mountain that a visit to the city isn’t complete without having walked or taken the cable car to the top. On a clear day from the summit of Table Mountain you get spectacular views of the City, its Waterfront, Camps Bay, the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains to the East and the mountains of the Cape Peninsula all the way down to Cape Point to the south.  Check-in to your hotel for your four-night stay in beautiful Cape Town.  (B)

FRI, 10/26, DAY 7: CAPE TOWN  After Breakfast start your city tour of Cape Town and stop at the Company Gardens to enjoy a walk through the garden. Continue next to the Castle of Good Hope. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. The drive through Cape Town's City Centre will also take you past the Houses of Parliament, the Grand Parade, and City Hall, where Nelson Mandela first addressed South Africans after his release from prison in February 1990. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront where you can get lunch (own expense).  Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the V&A Waterfront has become South Africa's most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments. The Waterfront is the heart of the tourist industry in Cape Town..   Return and overnight at the hotel. (B)

SAT 10/27, DAY 8: CAPE TOWN  Breakfast at the hotel. Today is at leisure to enjoy the town. Cape Town is one of the world's most beautiful cities and a top international destination. Large numbers of tourists flock to Cape Town to enjoy this unique city with its fascinating history, interesting culture, natural beauty, award winning wines and laidback lifestyle. Whether you are a serious tourist or just want to lie on the beach and enjoy life, Cape Town will satisfy your needs.  Optional tour of Hermanus available to book.  Optional tour price is $95 pp.  Special dinner this evening at the Gold African Restaurant.  Overnight in Cape Town.  (B, D)

SUN, 10/28, DAY 9: CAPE TOWN – Cape Wine Lands  After breakfast, meet your guide and depart on a full day tour of the Stellenbosch & Franschhoek Wine Farms. Enjoy a walk with the ducks at Vergenoegd Wine Estate followed by wine tasting. Transfer to Franschhoek for a farewell lunch at Rickety Bridge and wine tasting. Return to Cape Town via a stop at the Drakenstein Correctional Services - the last prison Mandela was held captive before his release. Overnight in Cape Town. (B, L)

MON, 10/29, DAY 10: DEPARTURE  After breakfast morning transfer to the airport for the passengers extending to VFA and Chobe.  The rest will remain at leisure.  Mid-day transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the US. (B)

OPTIONAL Pre-Trip EXTENSION:  4 DAYS - 3 NIGHTS DUBAI: $675 per person double occupancy ($295 Single Supp)

TUE 10/16, 2018 - Depart the U.S: Depart Fort Worth (DFW) for your flight to Dubai (UAE).

WED 10/17, 2018 – DUBAI: On arrival at DXB airport the group will be met by your Jet Vacations Tour Manager and your local guide.  Afternoon free at leisure. Welcome dinner at the hotel.  Overnight in Dubai. (D)

THU 10/18, 2018 – DUBAI – ABU DHABI: Breakfast at leisure. Depart on a full day Tour of Abu Dhabi.  Many of the city's striking examples of modern architecture show fascinating interpretations of Islamic themes captured in today's materials. Learn everything about the oil, the so called 'black gold' and how it transformed Abu Dhabi into the wealthy city of today.  Journey begins in Dubai, pass by the world’s largest man made port at Jebel Ali and onward for the two hour drive to Abu Dhabi. You will be mesmerized by Abu Dhabi skyline, as well as the majestic Grand Mosque, which is one of the largest mosques in the world.  You will then be driven though the heart of the city, Corniche Area, and have a photo stop at Emirates Palace – 5 star luxury hotel.  Then visit Heritage Village, specially designed by late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan Al Nahyan, as a reminder of the past for the younger generation.  You will have a lunch break at Marina Mall, one of the largest shopping mall in Abu Dhabi located along the breakwater on corniche road.  After lunch on your own, you will proceed to Qasr Al Hosn, which tells the story of Abu Dhabi and its people through the city’s oldest building.  Before going back to Dubai, pass by Saadiyat Island, Yas Island and have a photo stop at Ferrari World.  Drop off at the hotel in Dubai and overnight at your hotel (B)

FRI 10/19, 2018 – DUBAI – DESERT SAFARI.  Dubai is a city that provides a new setting at every turn, richly mixing together the old and the new; it is without a doubt the leading tourist destination in the Middle East.  Today’s tour takes you to Jumeirah Mosque for a photo stop (No entry), which is Dubai's most beautiful mosque and one of only a handful in the UAE that are open to non-Muslims. Then proceed to Jumeirah Beach to take photos of one of the most famous icon in Dubai – Burj Al Arab.  Driving to the world largest man-made island – Palm Jumeirah, and photo stop (outside) at Atlantis The Palm.  You will continue the tour to the one of the world's largest shopping metropolis Dubai Mall, situated right next to the World's tallest building Burj Khalifa. (No Entry) Explore more than 1,200 retail outlets, from Armani to Zara, and have a nice photo shoot in front of Burj Khalifa.  Lunch on your own.  In the afternoon, our safari guides will take you in a 4-wheel drive into the golden sand dunes of Arabia. Experience the thrill of a lifetime while riding through the dunes. Enjoy a beautiful scenic sunset overlooking the desert, from where you continue to our Bedouin campsite to enjoy camel riding, Henna design, Arabic gava, local dresses, soft drinks, tea or coffee, a Hubbly Bubbly and delicious BBQ buffet. Adding to the atmosphere of the night is an enchanting belly dancer performing to the Arabic rhythms.  Transfer and overnight at your hotel.

SAT 10/20, 2018 – DUBAI:  Breakfast at the hotel.  Morning at leisure to experience Dubai on your own.  Then afternoon transfer to Dubai airport for your flight to Johannesburg (JNB)  (B)

SUN 10/21, 2018 - JOHANNESBURG:  On arrival at JNB airport the group will be met by your Jet Vacations Tour Manager and your local guide.  Afternoon free at leisure. Welcome dinner at the hotel.  Overnight in Johannesburg. (D)

OPTIONAL EXTENSION:  4 DAYS - 3 NIGHTS VICTORIA FALLS & BOTSWANA GAME DRIVE EXTENTION: $1596 per person double occupancy ($295 Single Supp)


Victoria Falls

MON-TUE, 10/29-30, Day 10 & 11 DEPARTURE TO VICTORIA FALLS  Mid-morning flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls.  Guided tour of Victoria Falls and sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.  Overnight in Victoria Falls (B, D). 

WED, 10/31, Day 12    BOTSWANA SAFARI  Road transfer to Chobe National Park in Botswana, 100km west of Victoria Falls, home to 450 species of birds and the largest concentration of elephants in Africa, accommodation in and about Chobe National Park (Mowana Lodge or similar). Game activities include a land drive in 4x4 open vehicles and boat cruises on the Chobe River (B, L, D).

THUR, 11/1, Day 13   DEPARTURE  Transfer back flight to Johannesburg and return flight back to the US. (B)

For more information, contact:
Marilyn Gilbert at mgilbert@fortworthchamber.com Tel: 817-338-3330
Monta Noe at mnoe@fortworthchamber.com Tel: 817-338-3331

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