Tour: QGE - 2013 (QGE) - 2013

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome to South Africa! Arrive late this evening, check in to your hotel, and rest as you prepare for a great adventure.

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DAY 2Cape Town. Cape Peninulsa Excursion

Today, enjoy a full day of sightseeing starting with an orientation tour of Cape Town. Then, take a scenic drive south through the fishing village of Hout Bay before ascending Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular drives in the world and which skirts the rocky coastline. Continue on to CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwesternmost point of the African continent, for incredible panoramic views. Continue on to Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach, where you will visit a COLONY OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUINS, known for the unique sound they make. Return to Cape Town and enjoy the evening at your leisure. This evening, join your traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The Cape of Good Hope located on the Atlantic coast of South Africa The cosmopolitan city of Cape Town in South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 
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DAY 3Cape Town

This morning, visit Table Mountain and take a CABLE-CAR RIDE to the top (weather permitting) for stunning views of the city and surrounding area. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps simply explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, visit Kirstenbosch Gardens, or take a cruise to infamous Robben Island, where Nelson Madela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, for a guided tour. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you make the most of this beautiful city. (Breakfast)

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DAY 4Cape Town-Cape Winelands-Franschhoek

Depart Cape Town this morning for a day exploring the scenic Cape winelands, where the fertile valleys, surrounded by stunning mountain peaks, produce some of the world’s finest wines. Along the way, drive through the town of Paarl and TOUR charming Stellenbosch with its neo-Dutch architecture. Afterward, begin your gastronomic adventure as you savor each bite during LUNCH AT A LOCAL WINERY. This afternoon features TASTINGS at two famous wine estates. You will also take a CELLAR TOUR at one of the winieries and enjoy a hands-on experience as you get to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BLEND YOUR OWN WINE. Continue on to Franschhoek, where you will see the Huguenot Monument, dedicated to the French Huguenots who settled the area in 1694. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Cape Town, South Africa St James Beach, Cape Town, South Africa 
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DAY 5Franschhoek-Oudtshoorn

Drive east through the Breede River Valley and over spectacular mountain passes to Oudtshoorn. After lunch, take a tour of a LOCAL OSTRICH FARM. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 6Oudtshoorn-Knysna

Rise early this morning for a unique experience as you Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite VISIT A MEERKAT CLAN. Here, with an experienced guide, learn more about meerkats as you observe them going about their daily routine of foraging for food and playing with one another. It is a true privilege to get within a few steps of these shy creatures in the wild! Continue on to Knysna and take a WALK through the TSITSIKAMMA FOREST prior to visiting the KNYSNA ELEPHANT SANCTUARY. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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On cold and/or rainy days it may not be possible to visit the meerkats, as they will not venture out of their burrows. If this occurs, an alternate visit to Monkeyland and the Birds of Eden Sanctuary in Knysna will be arranged.

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DAY 7Knysna

Today, take a CRUISE on Knysna Lagoon to FEATHERBED NATURE RESERVE. Here, take a walk down the coastline and enjoy lunch on a deck overlooking the lagoon. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the Knysna waterfront. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 8Knysna-Johannesburg

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)

Botanical Gardens in Johannesburg, South Africa 
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DAY 9Johannesburg

Your sightseeing starts with an enriching visit to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SOWETO (South Western Township), the largest township in the country. Soweto is a part of South Africa’s turbulent past, but this multicultural area is also a reflection of today and hope for tomorrow. Along the way, see the homes of two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will also see the Hector Pieterson Memorial, dedicated to the 12-year-old boy killed by police during a demonstration in 1976. This led to the Soweto Uprising, an important event in the long struggle to end apartheid some 14 years later. Next, visit the unforgettable APARTHEID MUSEUM, where you will learn about the founding of South Africa before delving into the apartheid era. Using photos, video, and print, the museum takes you on an extraordinary journey through the apartheid years to the 1994 democratic elections that named Nelson Mandela president. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 10Johannesburg-Mthetomusha Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park

Today, leave Johannesburg behind and fly to MTHETOMUSHA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, part of Greater Kruger National Park, to begin your safari adventure! Kruger is famous for its abundance of wildlife, and you will have a great chance of seeing the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. Enjoy your first GAME DRIVE this afternoon in an open-air 4-wheel-drive Land Rover. Your skilled tracker and professional ranger work together as a team so you can learn more about the ecosystem as you view wildlife up close. Return to your lodge for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

A lion cub seen in Kruger National Park, South Africa Elephants walking in Kruger National Park Kruger National Park is famous for its abundance of wildlife and you will have a great chance of seeing the Big 5 —lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo See the beautiful Giraffes while at the Kruger National Park in South Africa 
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Days 11-12Mthetomusha Private Game Reserve

Rise between 5 am and 5:30 am for coffee and tea before your EARLY MORNING GAME DRIVE. If the timing is right, you might spot some of the big cats after a night of hunting. Other animals you may see include kudu, impala, giraffe, zebra, nyala, and more. Return for breakfast mid-morning followed by time to relax and enjoy the lodge and its surroundings, including a welcoming pool. Optional activities include a walking safari and a tour to see the rock art of the San bushmen, the first people on the African continent. In the mid-afternoon, tea will be served prior to your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. As the sun sets, step out of your safari vehicle to stretch your legs and watch the sun set. As darkness descends, your tracker will bring out a spotlight to help you spot nocturnal animals and, if you are lucky, maybe even a leopard! Return to your lodge in time to freshen up before dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily)

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DAY 13Mthetomusha Private Game Reserve-Johannesburg

Fly to Johannesburg for an overnight. (Breakfast)

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DAY 14Johannesburg-Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today, leave South Africa and head north to Zimbabwe. This evening, enjoy a CRUISE on the Zambezi River, which affords you a great opportunity to photograph wildlife and a spectacular African sunset. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 15Victoria Falls

Today, visit mighty VICTORIA FALLS for an awe-inspiring experience. You will enjoy a GUIDED WALK, where you will learn the history of the falls and hear fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)

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During the dry season (September-December) and during particularly dry years, water flow to Victoria Falls may be low.

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DAY 16Victoria Falls-Johannesburg-Homebound Flight

Your tour ends with a flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your homebound flight. Book homebound flights after 5:30 pm. (Breakfast)

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