It’s Been On Your Bucket List For Long Enough.

See South Africa and Victoria Falls on This Once-in-a-Lifetime Tour and Safari Experience.

 

Last Day to Register is May 16, 2024

5 Nights Cape Town – 3 Nights Kapama Private Game Reserve

 + Plus Optional Add-on 4 Nights Victoria Falls w/1 Night Johannesburg

Dates: September 27 – October 5th, 2024 (+optional add-on thru Oct 10th)
Arrive:  Cape Town International Airport (CPT), Sept 27, 2024
Depart:  Johannesburg – O.R. Tambo international Airport (JNB), Oct 5th or Oct 10th, 2024
Inclusions:  Cape Town Tours, Privately Guided Safari Tours, Most Meals, Accommodations & Safari Lodges
Ages: LDS Singles of All-Ages

SOUTH AFRICA & ZIMBABWE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

~ Proof of Travel Insurance is required by the host company “Africa Travels” to participate on the tour.

~ US Citizens are required to have a passport valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond date of exit. 

~ Passport Blank Pages: If you are planning to arrive to Zimbabwe via South Africa, please ensure that you have at least 6 blank pages in your passport. South Africa requires two clean, consecutive pages for each transit through South Africa. You will need two pages to transit South Africa in each direction, and two pages to enter Zimbabwe. South African officials take this requirement very seriously and will turn you around if you do not have sufficient pages.  YOU WILL BE DENIED ENTRY if you do not have two consecutive blank visa pages in your passport when entering and re-entering South Africa. This does not include the endorsement pages.  

~ Tourist Visas: You do not need a tourist visa if staying less than 90 days in South Africa.  If you are traveling to Zimbabwe for tourism, business, or transit, you may obtain a visa at the airports or other border ports-of-entry. There is currently no option of getting a Zimbabwean tourist visa in advance through the Zimbabwean Embassy in Washington. You can expect to pay USD $30 for a 30-day/single-entry visa.

Immunizations: Travelers entering South Africa from WHO-designated countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission must present their current and valid International Certificate of Vaccination as approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) (“yellow card”).  You do NOT have to prove immunization for Covid-19 or have a negative test to enter.

*Sources & Travel.State.Gov

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Highlights

 

This Tour and safari showcases some of the best destinations in Southern Africa. Experience South Africa’s unique highlights and premier destinations while indulging in sublime luxury and comfort. Explore the rich tapestry of landscapes and seascapes, cosmopolitan cites and pristine wildlife reserves. Visit the world-class museums and inviting beaches or enjoy the views from the top of iconic Table Mountain. Collect a photographic gallery of the magnificent Big Five in the world renowned Kapama Private Game Reserve. Be awed by the majesty of Victoria Falls and the “smoke that thunders.”

 

  • Explore the Kapama Private Game Reserve on twice daily game drives, go off road, in search of Africa’s iconic Big Five.
  • Discover beautiful Cape Town, on a guided tour, drink in the sweeping views of the city from the top of legendary Table Mountain and along the stunning coastline of “The Fairest Cape.”
  • Experience a tranquil sunset cruise on the Ra-Ikane River and watch the sun bid adieu in a heart-wrenching display of color.
  • Enjoy luxurious award-winning accommodations and dining in Cape Town and pleasant safari lodging with uninterrupted views in the bushveld.

It’s Time to Live Your Bucketlist

When you join Cheri’s Travel Spot on this fun getaway you’ll explore Tanzania’s prolific parks in comfort and style on this eleven day photographic safari. The beatuy of the South Africa’s Cape Town and world-renowned Kapama Private Game Reserve are just some of the places where you will visit plus witnessing Africa’s wildlife, while on expertly guided safari drives. 

Join us, meet new friends, and connect with other LDS singles with a passion for travel and once-in-a-life-time adventures.  

What is Included

  • Meals for Cape Town & Kapama Portion (8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners)
  • Meals for Victoria Falls Portion (5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner)
  • Park Fees
  • 5 nights The Commodore Hotel in standard rooms
  • 3 nights at Kapama River Lodge, includes full board, drinks, and meals + daily game activities
  • 1 night Da Vinci Hotel in standard rooms,
    (optional VFA extension only)
  • 4 nights at Ilala Lodge in standard rooms
    (optional VFA extension only)
  • Roundtrip transfers in Cape Town
  • Roundtrip transfers in Kapama
  • Roundtrip transfers in Johannesburg
  • Roundtrip transfers in Victoria Falls
  • Roundtrip Airfare to/from Johannesburg-Victoria Falls
  • English-speaking driver on all transfers
  • English-speaking driver/guide or guide on all sightseeing excursions
  • Guided tours and sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Water on all transfers and sightseeing excursions
  • A guide from Kapama will host the group
  • Porterage
  • All Game Drives
  • All the planning, research, organizing, food, fun, and relaxation has been arranged… Just catch your flight, we’ve handled the rest.
What’s NOT Included

  • Travel Insurance (Required by tour company)
  • Airfare to South Africa
  • optional activities, available at Additional cost.
  • Tourist Visa Fee $100
  • Travel Insurance – highly recommended.  life happens, and the only way you are covered While traveling Abroad.  (Contact Cheri’s Travel Spot for pricing).
  • Gratuities – Plan $10 per day for tour guides, Housekeeping, and Drivers.

Pricing

(Last day to register is May 16, 2024)

Female Room Options

Double Occupancy:  $6,295

Single Occupancy:  $8,295 

Male Room Options

Double Occupancy:  $6,295

Single Occupancy:  $8,295 

Victoria Falls Add-On

4-Nights Double Occupancy:  $2,749

4-Night Single occupancy: $3,349

*Airfare To/from JNB included

Terms and Conditions

  • Rates are subject to change at any time.
  • Pricing is per person.
  • Full Payment is due at time of booking
  • Reservations are non-refundable.
  • Africa Travels” reserves the right to increase prices due to changes in tariffs, taxes, exchange rates, or fuel surcharges.

Know before you go

  • Proof of Travel Insurance is required by the host company “Africa Travels” to participate on the tour.
  • Gratuities are not included.  Plan a budget of $10 Per Day to be shared with drivers, guides, and staff.
  • Book Arrival Flights to arrive on Friday, September 27, 2024 around 5-6pm to Cape Town International Airport (CPT).  There is a flight on United from EWR to CPT and Delta form ATL to CPT around that time.
  • Book departing Flights To Leave Saturday, October 5th, 2024 After 7:30pm from Johannesburg – O.R. Tambo international Airport (JNB).
  • If You are staying for the Victoria Falls Add-on, book Departing Flights to Leave Thursday, October 10th, 2024 After 7:30pm from Johannesburg – O.R. Tambo international Airport (JNB).
  • All flights must depart after 7:30pm.
  • This getaway is not a church sponsored event but LDS Standards are expected to be maintained.
  • Zimbabwe has implemented measures to stem the flow of U.S. dollars from the country. 
  • Tourists and visitors who do not have bank accounts in Zimbabwe should: Bring cash sufficient for the duration of your trip; especially $1 and $5 bills, which are used more often than local currency; the importation of any currency into Zimbabwe by travelers is not restricted. However, all travelers are encouraged to complete a Customs Declaration Form (Form 47) and declare the currency in their possession at the time of entry.  SOURCE Travel.State.Gov

Accommodations

1. Commodore Hotel – Cape Town Lodge

This 4-star The Commodore Hotel Cape Town is situated close to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and offers free shuttle bus service, 24-hour reception. The hotel welcomes guests in Waterfront district close to V&A Waterfront Shopping Mall, and features steam baths and a Jacuzzi.  Staying guests are welcome to use a flat-screen TV with satellite channels as well as a mini fridge bar, coffee and tea making equipment. Bathrooms come with a roll in shower and a separate toilet together with hairdryers and bathrobes.  Set in the historic part of Cape Town, in 10 minutes’ drive away from Gardens Shopping Centre. The hotel is located an 11-minute stroll away from Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town. The luxury property is 2.7 km of the Gardens Centre. 

2. Kapama River Lodge – Kapama Private Game ReserveLodge

The largest of the Kapama Private Game Reserve camps, River Lodge’s wide, open spaces and airy design are a constant reminder that you’re sleeping under the African sky. Besides the luxury five-star accommodation, River Lodge is more festive and social.  Escape to a place away from time, and indulge in one of the finest safari lodges near the Kruger National Park.

Tucked away in the privacy of the russet bushwillow trees surrounding our African spa, these suites feature magnificent floor-to-ceiling glass doors and frameless windows that offer expansive views of the reserve – even from your bathroom.  For those looking to find their zen, the spa suites come highly recommended. Each suite is equipped with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, coffee and tea-making facilities, a minibar, as well as a lock-up safe and international plugs.

3. DAVINCI Hotel and Suites – Johannesburg

Located on Nelson Mandela Square, the DAVINCI Hotel and Suites offers comfort and convenience in the heart of the Sandton business and shopping district. The luxury hotel feature en-suite bathrooms and separate shower, HD LCD televisions, individually controlled air-conditioning, direct dialing telephone, electronic safe, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary internet access. Dining options within the hotel and nearby cater to all cravings, from fine cuisine to light casual meals. Take time to dip in the infinity edge swimming pool. 

OPTIONAL 4-NIGHT ADD-ON

Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls – Ilala Lodge

Ilala Lodge Hotel offers luxury and comfort in the heart of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Nestled in attractive gardens, the well-appointed hotel is a mere eight-minute walk from Victoria Falls. Ilala Lodge Hotel is ideally located and it is very easy for guests to access all the historical sites, restaurants and activities available in Victoria Falls. 

The award-winning Cassia Restaurant at Ilala Lodge Hotel is famous for its delicious gourmet cuisine and attracts guests worldwide. Diners can see the spray and hear the sounds of Victoria Falls, locally known as the ‘Smoke That Thunders’, while they enjoy the al-fresco dining under the starry African skies that the Cassia Restaurant offers. Wild animals, such as warthog and impala, often graze on the hotel lawns and entertain guests during mealtime.

Located on the Zimbabwean side of the mighty Zambezi River, Ilala Lodge Hotel is geographically the closest hotel to the magnificent Victoria Falls and is easily accessible to the town centre. Explore the lush wilderness surrounding the town on a game drive, surf the rapids on a Zambezi River white-water rafting expedition, get your heart racing as you bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge, or view the Falls from the exhilarating angle of Devil’s Pools on the edge of the plunging water. You can also enjoy a legendary Zimbabwean sunset from the comfort of the elegant Ra-Ikane river cruisers.

Detailed Itinerary

*Details are subject to change

Day 1:  Friday, September 27, 2024 – Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa

Touch down at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) where you’ll be greeted and transferred to your well-appointed hotel in Cape Town. You’ll soon meet your fellow travelers and receive a briefing about your upcoming adventure. Relax and enjoy the remainder of your day.

Commodore Hotel

Day 2:  Saturday, September 28, 2024 – City Tour & Free Time

After breakfast we’ll start the day off with a City Tour of Cape Town.  This is a great way to get to know where we are.  The afternoon will be at leasure to explore the waterfront and relax.  We’ll have a welcome dinner in the evening.

Afternoon ‘Foodie Tour’ optional.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Commodore Hotel

Day 3:  Sunday, September 29, 2024  Church, Table Mountain, Dinner, & Drumming

Today we’ll start the day off with breakfast at the hotel then we’ll head to a local branch for church.  When we return we’ll have a bit of free time to have lunch then we head off to a  tour on Table Mountain Cableway (weather permitting).  When we return back we’ll have a Gold dinner + drumming @ 6:30 p.m. with hotel transfers.

*Breakfast and Dinner included.

Commodore Hotel

Day 4: Monday, September 30, 2024 – Day at Peninsula

Full Day at the Peninsula

  • Chapmans Peak Toll
  • Cape Point
  • Funicular
  • Lunch at Black Marlin
  • Boulders Beach (visiting penguins)

*Breakfast

Commodore Hotel

Day 5:  Tuesday, October 1, 2024 – Free day

Enjoy a relaxing day at leisure.

Optional Activities:

  • Shark Cage Dive (additional cost)
  • Whale Watching Tour (additional cost)

*Breakfast included.

Commodore Hotel

Day 6:  Wednesday, October 2, 2024 – Transfer to Kapama & Game Drive

After Breakfast, transfer from Commodore Hotel to Cape Town International Airport

Flight: CPT/HDS

Complimentary Transfer from Hoedspruit Airport to Kapama River Lodge

PM Game Drive

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Kapama River Lodge

Day 7:  Thursday, October 3, 2024 – Game Drives

AM & PM Game Drives.

During morning and afternoon game viewing activities, your ranger continues to lead you to spectacular locations of outstanding natural beauty where you can observe the wildlife at your leisure.

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Kapama River Lodge

Day 8:  Friday, October 4, 2024 – Game Drives

AM & PM Game Drives.

During morning and afternoon game viewing activities, your ranger continues to lead you to spectacular locations of outstanding natural beauty where you can observe the wildlife at your leisure.

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Kapama River Lodge

Day 9:  Saturday, October 5, 2024 – Departures or Transfer

After Breakfast, a morning game drive.

Following the game drive, a complimentary Transfer from Kapama River Lodge to Hoedspruit Airport Flight: HDS/JNB

Departures JNB/USA for those not doing the optional extension to VFA.  Book departing flights to leave after 7pm.

For those doing the optional Victoria Falls extension: Transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Da Vinci Hotel.

*Breakfast included.

Da Vinci Hotel

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) 4-Night Add-On

Day 10:  Sunday, October 6, 2024 – Transfer, Fly to Victoria Falls

After breakfast, transfer from Da Vinci Hotel to O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Flight: JNB/VFA

Private Transfer Victoria Falls Airport to Illana Lodge

Sunset Cruise Ra-Ikane.

*Breakfast included.

Ilala Lodge

Day 11:  Monday, October 7, 2024 – Chobe National Park

After breakfast, private full day Chobe National Park with game drives + Lunch.

*Breakfast and Lunch included.

Ilala Lodge

Day 11:  Tuesday, October 8, 2024 – Mpisi Village Visit

Private guided TOF with lunch at Lookout Cafe.

Today inlcudes Mpisi Village Visit.

Boma Dinner.

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Ilala Lodge

Day 13:  Wednesday, October 9, 2024 – Free Day in Victoria Falls

After Breakfast, enjoy your day at leisure.

Optional activites

Morning: Devils Pool (additional cost)

Afternoon: Whitewater Rafting (additional cost)

*Breakfast included.

Ilala Lodge

Day 14:  Thursday, October 10, 2024 – Departures

Time to say “farewell” to the group.

We will check out in the morning and travel to the airport for flights home.

Private Transfer Victoria Falls River Lodge to Victoria Falls Airport.

Flight: VFA/JNB

Please arrange final departing flights from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB).

*Breakfast included.

 

"You cannot leave Africa, Africa said. It is always with you, there inside your head." ~ Bridget Dore