Tour: QSE - 2013 (QSE) - 2013 / 2014

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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 Peninsula 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 Cape Town, South Africa The cosmopolitan city of Cape Town in South Africa 
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DAY 3Cape Town

This morning, visit the BO-KAAP MUSEUM followed by a fascinating Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WALKING TOUR through Bo-Kaap, also known as the Malay Quarter. Founded by former slaves in the 1750s, this lively area is a true melting pot of cultures. The historic and colorful houses, ranging from lime-green and pink to orange, reflect Dutch and British architecture and the area has been declared a national monument. Afterward, visit the home of a local family for a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite MALAY COOKING CLASS. Learn how to mix masala, fold samoosas, and about the delicate flavors of Cape Malay curry before sitting down for a traditional Malay meal. Then, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 4Cape Town

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps simply explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape winelands for wine tasting, or 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 5Cape Town-Kapama Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park

Today, leave beautiful Cape Town behind and fly to KAPAMA 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 See the beautiful Giraffes while at the Kruger National Park in South Africa Spot a leopard in Kruger National Park, South Africa The cosmopolitan city of Cape Town in South Africa 
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Days 6-7Kapama 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, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, wildebeest, and more. Great bird watching is also possible—some 350 species having been recorded in the area. Return for breakfast mid-morning, followed by time to relax and enjoy the lodge and its surroundings. Perhaps take a swim in the pool, visit the wellness center for one of the many spa treatments on offer, or simply sit back and watch the animals pass by. You may even choose to join your ranger for an OPTIONAL BUSH WALK to learn more about the native flora and how to identify animals by their footprints, while observing them from a safe distance. Optional excursions include the nearby Hoedspruit Center for Endangered Species, where you can see a number of rehabilitated animals or get up close to a herd of elephants so you can touch and feed them. On one of the days you may even choose to skip a game drive for a memorable hour-long elephant-back safari through the bush! 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 over the Drakensberg Mountains. As darkness descend, 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 8Kapama Private Game Reserve-Johannesburg

Enjoy one last GAME DRIVE this morning before transferring 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

Today’s sightseeing includes an enriching visit to 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. Here 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-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 11Victoria Falls

Today, visit mighty VICTORIA FALLS for an awe-inspiring experience. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK, where you will learn the history of the falls and hear fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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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 12Victoria Falls-Chobe National Park, Botswana

Today, drive to CHOBE NATIONAL PARK. Enjoy an AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITY before settling in for the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 13Chobe National Park

Take part in MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES. You may see giraffe, lion, lechwe, and more. There are also huge herds of elephant to be seen. It is said that these are the largest elephant in the world. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 14Chobe National Park-Okavango Delta

Today, fly to the OKAVANGO DELTA, the largest inland delta in the world and one of the last truly untouched areas for wildlife viewing in all of Africa. Enjoy a GAME ACTIVITY this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 15Okavango Delta

Enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES. Be sure to watch for lion, elephant, zebra, hippo, rhino, and many others. The area is also home to the rare African wild dog and over 400 species of birds. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 16Okavango Delta-Johannesburg-Homebound Flight

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

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