November 17-25, 2023
Johannesburg, Cape Town
The exquisite beauty, rich history and modern-day elegance of South Africa makes it one of the most sought out exciting destinations to visit. Global cities such as Cape Town awaits for you to explore. You can commune with nature Table Mountain and visit to Robben Island. You can even visit lush Cape Winelands and iconic Dutch settlements. More than anything, you can lose yourself in a world few get to see and you can appreciate it on so many levels. It’s a thrill for us to introduce you to the cities, wildlife and charm of South Africa via this safari.
-Tour of Kliptown Open Air Museum and Soweto
-Visit Hector Pieterson Museum
-Stop at Mandela House
-Kruger National Park
-Table Top Mountain
-Robben Island Tour
The itinerary is tentative and subject to change.
NOVEMBER 17 DEPART USA
NOVEMBER 18 JOHANNESBURG
On arrival at Johannesburg airport you will be met and transferred to Southern Sun Katherine Street for overnight the next two nights in a standard room.
NOVEMBER 19 JOHANNESBURG (BL)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today you will be taken on a tour of Kliptown open air museum and Soweto. You know the name. It's a legend. SOWETO, acronym for South Western Township, is home to over 2 million people, who, despite living in crowded and chaotic conditions, have a tangible sense of community, one which ironically, the ordered, walled, elitist northern suburbs lack.
Inside Soweto, you will visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and discover the cause of the tragic riots which led to his death. Photo stop at Mandela House (entrance optional and own account). Your journey continues to Regina Mundi Church, site of many secret underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Soweto is unlike a suburb you've ever seen or been to, yet the history of struggle encapsulated here is a cornerstone of the South African story.
Lunch is included at Sakhumzi’s restaurant. After lunch visit The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. 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 organised by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers. They include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts 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. The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own.
Return to your hotel and overnight.
NOVEMBER 20 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (BD)
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Johannesburg airport in time for your flight to Kruger Mpumalanga airport. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Protea hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate for overnight the next 2 nights in a guest room. Dinner is included tonight.
Our lodge-style hotel, with soaring walkways and treetop ambiance, uniquely offers classic Big 5 safaris in the Kruger National Park with all the comforts of an upmarket 4-star hotel experience. Your adventures into the pristine wilderness will be perfectly balanced by the hotel’s contemporary relaxation options. Set in a tranquil riverine woodland of immense African trees, there is a range of elegant accommodation from standard to large guest rooms, and from the executive to presidential suites. With refined Africa-inspired décor, all rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, free wi-fi and in-room dining. Special highlights of your stay will include game-viewing from the Pool Bar with its stunning infinity pool; luxurious care at the beautifully appointed Spa and sumptuous dining in the glow of stars and wood fires in the outdoor Lapa.
NOVEMBER 21 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (BD)
Full day open-vehicle game drive in Kruger Park. Lunch in the park – own account.
Encompassing nearly two million hectares and fourteen different ecosystems, Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and a highlight of a South Africa vacation and is located in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa. Although areas of Kruger (named for former South African Republic president Paul Kruger) have been protected since 1898, it officially became South Africa’s first national park in 1926. Today, Kruger is run by the South African National Parks (SANP) and is considered by many to be one of the best managed national parks in Africa.
The main goals of Kruger National Park are wildlife, conservation, education and tourism. On South Africa safaris, the park boasts “the Big Five”, the lion, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the rhinoceros. The term “Big Five” was coined by big game hunters regarding the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot.
Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
NOVEMBER 22 ARRIVE IN CAPE TOWN (BD)
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport in time for your flight to Cape Town. On arrival at Cape Town airport you will be met and transferred to the Commodore hotel for overnight the next three nights, on a bed and breakfast basis in a standard room. Tonight you will have return transfers and dinner at Golds with interactive drumming.
With its majestic Table Mountain backdrop, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world; an eclectic mix of architectural styles reflects the tastes and dictates of the past and the more functional demands of the 20th Century. Cobblestone streets, mosques and the flat roofed pastel homes of the Malay quarter enhance a cosmopolitan ambience and in a recent development, the restoration of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront evokes images of the seafaring activities of the 19th century. At the end of the day, gourmets and lovers of sophisticated entertainment have a treat in store as the choice for your evening's repast is vast.
NOVEMBER 23 CAPE TOWN (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will meet your guide and walk to the ferry terminal at the V&A waterfront. Your Robben Island tour will start at 9:00am (weather dependent). The standard tour to Robben Island is 3.5 hours long, including the two half-hour ferry rides.
Please note that Robben Island has implemented a new procedure for all passengers booked on the Robben Island tour. Guests are required to show proof of passport/ ID and fill out an indemnity form before boarding the vessel to Robben Island. They may bring copies of Identification should they wish to rather keep the original at the hotel.
From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom. It is important for all visitors to experience all phases of the Island, to realize that the Island is a place of pain and a place of triumph and victory. The island tour discusses these themes as well as the detention and isolation of insane females, people with leprosy and prisoners, including African chiefs in the 1800’s. The Prison tour depicts the lives of political prisoners detained from the 1960’s to 1991. Former Robben Island prisoners conduct the tour.
The Robben Island Tour includes: A return boat trip across Table Bay, a visit to the infamous Maximum Security Prison, interaction with an ex-political prisoner, a 45-minute bus ride with a guide providing commentary, the opportunity to explore the Murray's Bay Harbour precinct attractions, such as the Muslim shrine, or kramat, and the Museum Shop.
Return to the Waterfront for lunch own account. After lunch transfer to the Table Mountain cableway for a wonderful view of the city. The Table Mountain ticket is included (weather dependent). After visit The Castle and Company’s Garden. Drive by Parliament, City Hall and Slave Lodge. Drive through Bo Kaap, and the Malay Quarter. Return to your hotel for overnight.
NOVEMBER 24 CAPE TOWN (B)
What is the best feature of the Cape Winelands? It’s true that it is renowned for its crisp white and classic French-style red wines, but it also has a stunning wealth of natural rustic beauty with vast estates shaded from the African sunshine by giant oak trees and towering mountains overlooking lush valleys. On this full day tour we will visit Franschhoek for a walking tour of the town. Enjoy a cellar tour and wine tasting at a Franschhoek wine estate. Transfer to a Stellenbosch wine estate for wine tasting. Lunch own account.
You will have a Stellenbosch orientation tour and return to Cape Town for overnight.
NOVEMBER 25 DEPART (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Cape Town airport in time for your flight home7
-All transfers and transportation on private, air-conditioned coach with driver (traveling outside of group must make arrange own transporation)
-7 nights accommodations at the following hotels or similar
-2 nights at Southern Sun Katherine Street
-2 nights at Protea Hotel By Marriott Kruger Gate
-3 nights Commodore Hotel
-7 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, and 3 Dinner
-Entrance fees and game activities
-Hotel and airport porterage
-English speaking guided on transfers and tours
-Arrival meet & greet
-Tour Kliptown open air museum and Soweto
-Visit Hector Pieterson Museum
-Photo Stop Mandela House
-Government / local taxes
-Visit Regina Mundi Church
-Visit The Apartheid Museum
-Kruger National Park
-Table Top Mountain
-Robben Island Tour
-World Heritage Site and Museum Tour
-Boat Trip Across Table Bay
-Visit Maximum Security Prison
-Explore Murray bay Harbour
-Visit The Castle and Company Garden
-Drive by Parliament, City Hall
-JEK Travels Staff Onsite
Set in beautiful gardens, neighbouring a pretty park, and offering easy access to the best of Sandton, the Southern Sun Katherine Street hotel combines warm hospitality and service excellence with great amenities.Sandton City and the SCC is 5 minutes away, O.R. Tambo International Airport is just 30 minutes’ drive, and a complimentary Gautrain station shuttle makes it easy to explore the area. Guests can relax in our outdoor pool, workout in the gym, connect to free uncapped WiFi, and enjoy delicious dining at Kelsey’s Restaurant.
Perfectly positioned in a quiet corner of central Sandton the Southern Sun Katherine Street hotel is ideally located to explore Sandton’s top attractions. Near the hotel the popular Mushroom Farm Park is a pleasant spot for exercising, a Gautrain station makes it easy to get to the airport and further afield, and you’re only a 5-minute drive from the Sandton Convention Centre and shopping at Sandton City. Explore Sandton, one of Gauteng’s most exclusive suburbs, or discover the many attractions in central Johannesburg and throughout greater Johannesburg. Art, culture, heritage. and food, are all showcased in the vibrant and energetic City of Gold.
Our lodge-style hotel, with soaring walkways and treetop ambiance, uniquely offers classic Big 5 safaris in the Kruger National Park with all the comforts of an upmarket 4-star hotel experience. Your adventures into the pristine wilderness will be perfectly balanced by the hotel’s contemporary relaxation options.
Set in a tranquil riverine woodland of immense African trees, there is a range of elegant accommodation from standard to large guest rooms, and from the executive to presidential suites. With refined Africa-inspired décor, all rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, free wi-fi and in-room dining. Special highlights of your stay will include game-viewing from the Pool Bar with its stunning infinity pool; luxurious care at the beautifully appointed Spa and sumptuous dining in the glow of stars and wood fires in the outdoor Lapa.
There are many reasons why Cape Town is regularly selected as one of the top tourist destinations in the world for location, sight-seeing and dining. Experience everything special that Cape Town has to offer while staying in this stylish and elegant setting. Located in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, The Commodore Hotel provides sweeping views of Table Mountain, Cape Town Harbour and Robben Island. With all of the services that you require, The Commodore is the perfect hotel, in the perfect city.
Awarded 'Best Destination in Africa' for four consecutive years, Cape Town is at the top of every bucket list, and one of the most sought-after destinations in the world. Ideally situated, within walking distance of Cape Town's culturally-rich inner city, lies the magnificent V&A Waterfront, with its world-class shops, restaurants, hotels and diverse entertainment options.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Flight to Africa
Travel Insurance - This is an additional cost and is highly recommended to protect your investment if you need to cancel, need medical coverage.
Gratuities For Driver and Tour Guide
Additional excursions or activities offered by tour guide
Meals except where noted
Beverage during meals
Gratuities for Tour Guide (suggested $5-$15 per day)
Gratuities for Driver (suggested $5-10 per day)
Gratuities for Waiters/Waitress (suggested $2 per person)
Changes in government / local taxes
Visa / Passport handling fees
All Covid19 tests and its related expenses
A guide to stay over with group at Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate
All airfare, departure taxes & fuel surcharges, seat selection
Please Note: Additional Bio-Security requirements may be implemented by your destination (s) after the group has booked. Should we learn of any such requirements between now and the group’s departure we will inform you. Any extra costs associated will be passed on to the group and included in the final invoice.
Missing a vacation is bad enough… losing the money you paid for your vacation is even worse. Travel insurance is therefore highly recommended.
A valid U.S. passport is required to travel abroad and must be valid 6 months beyond travel dates. For this tour, your passport should not expire before May 19, 2024.
All prices are based on the exchange rate in effect at the time of price quotation. In the event the US dollar devalues, JEK Travels LLC reserves the right to increase prices accordingly. Your final invoice will reflect increases resulting from currency devaluation.
When making your reservations, you can choose to pay in full or make monthly payments.
If you choose monthly payments, you will receive monthly invoices when your payment is due.
The group flight will leave US on November 17, 2023 and arrive in Accra on November 18, 2023. Check-in into the hotel is November 18. If you are purchasing your own flight make note of these dates and plan your flight and airport transfers accordingly.
Full travel documents will be be sent via emailed 45 days in advance.
AUTOMATIC BILLING PLAN
You have the option to enroll in our automatic billing and remain stress free knowing that your future payments will be made automatically.
When you book, your invoice will show the calculations evenly divided for you. The automatic billing plan will show the dates that your payments will automatically be processed in advance every month.
Your initial deposit is due at the time of booking, and your future payments will be charged according to the schedule you see on your invoice. Automatic billing is available at no charge, you will need to select the box for automatic billing.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 AND IMPACT ON TRAVEL
Please be advised that you are considering, or intending to proceed with, international travel at a time when COVID-19 is a known global risk. Any person choosing to proceed with travel with that in mind, does assume and accept responsibility accordingly for the risks, potential loss and limitations that may apply.
JEK Travels LLC, advises that COVID-19, and the health and security measures around COVID may impact parts of your trip and may affect the operation of some travel services. Any country you travelling to, from or via, and the airline(s) you are travelling on, may all have strict requirements to limit the spread of COVID-19.
These requirements may include, but are not limited to:
-Wearing of masks at airports, while on an aircraft, and when out in public.
-Compulsory requirements to have adequate health & travel insurance coverage.
-Requirement to be fully vaccinated before being allowed to enter or transit a country.
-Being fully vaccinated or be tested for COVID-19, before being allowed to board any flight.
-Subject to pre-screening or screening to enter your destination country or any transit countries.
-Subject to quarantine/isolation periods in any country subject to screening results.
-Having proof of vaccination or health status, when staying in hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
-Changing restrictions on sightseeing, due to closures or other public health concerns.
-Limitation/restrictions on travel to your destination by your country of residence/citizenship.
-Possible compulsory quarantine on return to your country of residence/citizenship.
NOTE! For ALL TRAVELERS flying to (including returning to) the USA - Effective Dec 2021, until further notice
All passengers over 2 years must present a negative COVID-19 viral test result, or proof of recovery from COVID in the past 90 days, to the airline prior to boarding USA bound flights, or boarding will be denied. This is regardless of vaccination status. Currently, the test must be taken no more than 1 day before the flight to the USA. These requirements may change at any time. Passengers may still have to complete any mandated quarantine requirements, if applicable. Locating and accessing COVID testing sites in destination, and paying the costs for COVID tests are the full responsibility of the traveler. These costs can be up to $300, as a guideline.
COVID-19 is causing constant & ongoing changes in the application of the above types of measures. The way a country, government, airline or airport chooses to deal with the threat of COVID is constantly changing.
It is your responsibility to keep yourself and members of your traveling party (travel companions) informed of, and meet, all requirements in relation to your trip and any COVID based restrictions, and we suggest these are constantly monitored until your trip is complete, as they can change at any time even while travelling overseas.
Any additional expenses or fees incurred, or any loss (including missed or non-refundable trip components), resulting from airline or government requirements & restrictions, will be the sole responsibility of the traveler.
JEK Travels LLC, is not liable for any loss due to failure to read and understand this information, as the considerations included in this document may be critical to your upcoming trip. JEK Travels LLC, regular booking conditions and policies also apply.
Making reservations for this package signifies your acceptance of our terms and conditions.
Payments made to JEK Travels are non refundable.This is because JEK Travels has contractual agreements with hotels, airlines and other vendors that will not allow us to obtain any refunds. This way we can keep our package prices low and allow you to make monthly payments on your vacation.
Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper travel documents and MUST CHECK with the respective consulate(s) or visa agency to determine whether any visas or passports are required.
Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Some countries require a full blank “VISA” page in the passport for stamping purposes. Any information provided on travel description pertains to US citizens only. Non-US citizens should check with the respective consulate of the country(s) to be visited for current entry requirements.
Reservations must be made in your FULL NAME as it appears on your passport.
Missing a vacation is bad enough. Losing the money you paid for your vacation is even worse; therefore, we recommend Travel Insurance that helps provide coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Delay, Loss of Baggage, Medical Care, plus more. We have travel insurance vendors that we work. View the insurance vendors here .
Seat assignments are at the discretion of the airline. Seats for this group trip are located in economy class section. If you require a certain seat, we recommend booking the land only package
Prices are subject to change without notice. Please make your reservations today at this low price to be get locked in
Monthly payments are required to keep your reservations current. Your invoice will clearly note your payment plan.
You must ensure your roommate, if applicable, is also making timely monthly payments
Name changes are allowed with a $200 name change fee up until the final payment date and $100 after final payment date plus any vendor fees.
Late payment of $250 per person is required after final due date listed on your payment plan.
Late payment fees are automatically added to your reservation the day after your final due date.
All late payment requests must be approved by management before the final payment deadline on your invoice
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