DLX South African Safari - DECEMBER

Date

Nov 29th - Dec 10th, 2017

Duration

12 days, 11 nights

Price

USD $ 11,000

Availability

Yes
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day 1

Wednesday Nov 29th – Thursday Nov 30th: Cape Town

From the airport, if the weather is right, we’ll head straight to Table Mountain to enjoy the incredible views from the top. So often the mountain is blanketed by its cloud tablecloth so we’ll take the first opportunity of a clear day to go up. Then, on to dinner in the famous Kosher restaurant of the city before heading to the iconic Mount Nelson, or similar 5* DLX property, where we stay for the weekend.

On Thursday we head to the very southern tip of the African continent. We’ll take the scenic drive around the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, at the Cape of Good Hope.
En route, cameras ready for Chapman’s Peak, one of the most dramatic coastal roads in the world. Time permitting, we’ll walk the exhilarating nature-trail (not too strenuous) along the cliffs from the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Point.

We’ll visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, one of the few sites where the vulnerable African Penguin can be observed at close range.

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day 2

Friday Dec 1st - Sunday Dec 3rd: Cape Town

On Friday, we’ll tour the city, visit and lunch at the Jewish Museum, and then walk on the southern slopes of Table Mountain through the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before returning to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.

Shabbat meals will be at our hotel and we’ll go to the historic, enormous, beautiful Gardens Shul with its friendly Jewish community. In the afternoon, we’ll take a guided tour in the neighborhood of the hotel.

After Havdala, we’ll enjoy a light supper before heading to the Waterfront, buzzing with nightlife, built along the harbour in magnificent surroundings.

And, being Saturday night, great entertainment is on the menu, beer and ice-cream!!

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day 3

Sunday Dec 3rd – Tuesday Dec 5th: Safari

There’s a direct flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit, one of the airports serving Kruger National park and the surrounding private Game Reserves. A one-hour drive brings us to one such reserve, Karongwe. Lunch will be waiting for us in Becks 5* Safari Lodge, with which you will immediately fall in love.
We’ll rest/ swim / massage for a few hours after lunch before taking the first of 4 Safari drives. https://www.karongweportfolio.com/becks/

Early mornings and late afternoons are safari times. Every game drive is different - nothing is guaranteed, and surprises come at any time. Look out for the “Super 7” (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant, cheetah and wild dog) and gorgeous birds.

During the “down” time between breakfast and lunch that is common to all game lodges, you can choose to enjoy a nature walk, relax at the pool, enjoy a spa treatment, or simply soak in the beauty and luxury of the Lodge.

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day 4

Tuesday Dec 5th - Wednesday Dec 6th: Johannesburg

Johannesburg is NOT the capital of South Africa, as many mistakenly think, but it is the biggest city. (Pretoria is the capital). Depending on logistics we sometimes do not include Jo’burg and guests stay over a weekend to see it. On this trip we are able to include a day in Jo’burg.

Jo’burg is home to some 50,000 Jews who have a thriving community by any standard.
Jo’burg is the city of which the in/famous township of Soweto is a “suburb”.
We will visit Soweto and in the Museum of Apartheid we will gain a better appreciation of the real meaning of that word!!

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day 5

Friday, June 30th - Shabbat, July 1st - Cape Town

On Friday, we’ll tour the city, visit and lunch at the Jewish Museum, and then walk on the southern slopes of Table Mountain through the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before returning to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.

Shabbat meals will be at our hotel and we’ll go to shul with the friendly Jewish community of Cape Town. In the afternoon, we’ll take a guided tour in the neighborhood of the hotel.

After Havdala, we’ll enjoy a light supper before heading to the Waterfront, buzzing with nightlife, built along the harbour in magnificent surroundings.
And, being Saturday night, great entertainment is on the menu, beer and ice-cream!!

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day 6

Wednesday Dec 6th-Sunday Dec 10th : Zambia, Zimbabwe & Botswana

And now for the magnificent finale. We will be staying in one of our favorite hotels in the entire world, the colonial Royal Livingstone on the banks of the “Mighty Zambezi” river. Check it out….http://royal-livingstone.anantara.com/gallery.aspx

It will still be light when we arrive so we’ll head straight to the banks of the mighty Zambezi river for a “sundowner” cocktail.
Dinner will be on the terrace aka Gan Eden
Thursday is Botswana Day!!

Chobe National Park is home to the largest concentration of elephant in the world, as well as large herds of buffalo, hippo, crocodile, antelope, zebra, giraffe, and the Big Cats.

After our Botswana experience, we drive back across the Zambezi River into Zambia (an experience in and of itself) to our hotel for dinner under the African “starry starry night”.

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day 7

Friday is Livingstone & Victoria Falls Day!!

After breakfast, we cross on foot the “Victoria Falls Bridge”, one of the most spectacular border crossings in the world. Here the old colonial road crosses the Zambezi River Gorge, affording great views of the Falls and rainforest. Bungee jumping and white water rafting are available for the dare-devils …. but you have to sign a waiver first!!!!

There are border formalities, but we’ll then tour the Zimbabwean side of the falls, encompassing the widest parts of the Victoria Falls, including the “Devil’s Cataract”, and the “Main Falls”- the world’s widest unbroken curtain of falling water.

Those who wish to, can book a helicopter ride over the Falls, a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed. There are other activities available.

Lunch is back in our hotel followed by a short but fascinating Jewish Livingstone tour. Yes ….. Livingstone, Zambia, was known to, incredibly, as the “Shtetl of Africa”.
FYI The Livingstone shul was active until 1972!!!!
How about a dip before Shabbat???

Shabbat is a day to relax, share quality time with new friends, sort the memories…. and of course pray and eat!! AND you will be able to walk, as often as you wish, on the ZAMBIAN side of the Falls, right adjacent to the grounds of our magnificent, heavenly Hotel.

On Sunday, there will be time for a leisurely breakfast, and perhaps a final dip in the pool before heading back to Livingstone airport for our flights to Jo’burg and, sadly, your late afternoon/evening flight home!!