17 Day Classic South Africa with Robben Island & Namibia
Air & Land
|17 Day Classic South Africa with Robben Island & Namibia|
|Protea Hotel Victoria Junction||Cape Town|
|Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence||Cape Town|
|Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris||Hluhluwe|
|Protea Hotel Hazyview||Hazyview|
|Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch||Johannesburg|
|Swakopmund Luxury Suites||Swakopmund|
|Desert Homestead Lodge||Sesriem|
|Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa||Sesriem|
|River Crossing Lodge||Windhoek|
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|2019 Dates & Prices|
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Cape Town-Durban, Johannesburg-Windhoek & Windhoek-Johannesburg.
Passengers should select international flights from Johannesburg that depart no earlier than 7:00 pm on Day 17. The flight from Windhoek arrives to Johannesburg at approximately 4:00 pm. Passengers with late evening flights will have a long layover in Johannesburg airport.
Children under 12 years of age are not permitted on open vehicle game drives in Kruger National Park.
Please note, all passport holders should have two or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to South Africa and eSwatini. Effective June 1, 2015 children 17 & under will be required to present an unabridged full birth certificate. Extracts or copies are not acceptable. If both parents are not traveling with the child, additional documentation is required. Click here for more information.
Triple rooms are not available for this package.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Is This Trip Right for You?
Escorted Package Includes
- Flights Sydney-Cape Town, Johannesburg-Sydney
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- Intra-flights: Cape Town-Durban, Johannesburg-Windhoek & Windhoek-Johannesburg
- 15 nights accommodations
- 4 nights Cape Town
- 1 night Hluhluwe
- 1 night eSwatini
- 2 nights Hazyview
- 2 nights Johannesburg
- 2 nights Swakopmund
- 2 nights Sesriem
- 1 night Windhoek
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
- 30 meals: 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Game drives in modern 10-seater safari vehicles
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Enjoy a tour of Cape Town, view the Castle of Good Hope, the Grande Parade and visit Table Mountain
- Tour historic Robben Island*, a World Heritage Site and view the former prison cell of Nelson Mandela
- During the Cape Peninsula Tour, visit the Cape of Good Hope reserve and view the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach
- Game viewing cruise on the St Lucia Estuary, a uniquely diverse ecosystem
- Game drive through Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
- A thrilling game drive on an open-vehicle through Kruger National Park
- In Soweto, the most metropolitan township, visit Nelson Mandela’s former home
- Visit Namibia’s premier seaside resort of Swakopmund
- Catamaran cruise on Walvis Bay that takes you into the bay’s lagoon at the Southern end of the Skeleton Coast
- Admire the towering dunes, surreal landscapes and dazzling colors of Sossusvlei
- View the famous star-shaped Dune 45 and Big Daddy Dune
- Experience the remarkable depths of Sesriem Canyon
*The operation of the Robben Island ferry is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If the ferry is canceled, the visit to Robben Island will be replaced with alternate sightseeing.
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight datesNote: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.
Is This Trip Right for You?
This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups are required. Some days involve long distances driving in the coach. While the majority of the tour will be performed in an air conditioned motor coach, game and dune drives will be performed in small vehicles that cannot be air conditioned. Visitors to Kruger National Park and Namibia are encouraged to consult their health care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. During this tour, you may come into proximity to wild animals, which should be considered at your own risk.
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This first class hotel borders the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in the Green Point district of Cape Town.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is located nearby Long Street in Cape Town's central business district.Hotel Details
This tourist class hotel is located in the heart of the Zulu's beautiful untamed Elephant Coast in KwaZulu Natal near to renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and iSimangaliso Wetland Park.Hotel Details
This tourist class hotel is located a short distance away from the Mbabane city center.Hotel Details
This tourist class hotel is situated in the lush Mpumalanga Lowveld, and is twenty-five minutes from the famous Kruger National Park.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is located in the Melrose Arch Precinct.Hotel Details
This deluxe hotel is situated in the city of Swakopmund.Hotel Details
This tourist class lodge features panoramic views of the surrounding Namib desert.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
This dinner will allow you to meet a local South African family and visit their home. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked three course meal with wine typical to South Africa. Give yourself the chance to experience local culture in a relaxed and comfortable environment with fascinating conversation about the way of life in South Africa, while also exchanging views as well as experiences with your hosts.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #4||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019||AUD$99.00|
Join a thrilling full day excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience great white shark cage diving. Early this morning depart Cape Town and head east to the coastal fishing town of Gansbaai. Upon arrival, the crew of your expedition boat will review the day's activities, safety etiquette and provide fascinating insight to these marine predators. Enjoy a light breakfast before boarding your boat and heading out into the open waters between Geyser Rock and Dyer Islander where great white hunt for seals and penguins. Outfitted with a wetsuit, lifejacket and snorkeling mask, climb through the top of the cage secured to the boat. You will take turns with your fellow divers watching these predators under water and from the comfort of the ship deck.
Return to the port in the early afternoon where you will be greeted with a hot bowl of soup and bread. Relax as the marine biologist recaps your adventure and answers any remaining questions before your return to Cape Town.
*Departure from the hotel will be approximately 4:00 am and the drive from Cape Town to Gansbaai is approximately 2.5 hours (one way). The boat will be launched around 9:00 am and the boat trip will last between 3-5 hours depending on the weather and sea conditions. Shower facilities will be available after the ship returns from the dive. The return transfer to Cape Town will be at approximately 2:00 pm and arrival at 4:30 pm. Pick-up and drop-off times are approximate and will be advised locally.
*Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. This is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies. Shark sightings are not guaranteed and are dependent upon weather and sea conditions. Due to inclement weather and/or rough seas, this tour may be canceled and refunded.
*Sea conditions can be unpredictable and may become choppy or very rough at times. As a result, some customers experience discomfort and/or seasickness. Some over-the-counter medications, such as Dramamine or Benadryl, may help reduce or prevent seasickness. Clients who are prone to seasickness are advised not to participate in this tour.
*Optionals "Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving" and "South African Wine Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.
|Day #5||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019||AUD$335.00|
Wind through South Africa's fertile valleys, prized for their renowned vintages, and discover the rustic beauty of sprawling estates shaded by giant oaks and rows of vines running as far as the eye can see. Travel the country's principal wine route to Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and enjoy tastings at some of the excellent vineyards along the way. Begin with the "Pearl of Paarl" and visit one of the local estates to savor a wine tasting and cellar tour. Then continue northwest to the old, scenic village of Franschhoek, founded near the Drakenstein Mountains in 1688 by French immigrants, whose descendants eventually supplied highly sought after wine to Napoleon, Bismarck, and even King Edward VII. Next, stop for lunch on your own and then it is off to another wine tasting. Lastly, travel to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest town and the historic heart of the country's wine region. First recognized as an ideal location for vineyards in 1679, viticulture has been entwined with the town's history ever since. Also of interest is the town's fascinating variety of architecture, including buildings in Cape Dutch, Georgian, and Victorian styles. Enjoy a final tasting before bidding farewell to the wine country and returning to Cape Town.
Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.
*Optionals "Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving" and "South African Wine Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.
|Day #5||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019||AUD$153.00|
We have a fantastic time, it really was a great holiday. Roger was a very able tour guide, charming, very informative & a likable bloke. The tour was good and full of highlights, the best being the safaris of course. We saw the big 5 so that was a big deal for us, plus so many animals and birds - truly amazing experiences. Also, the hotels were a surprise, not sure what we were expecting, but these were much better than that. So top marks Gate 1. Above all, well done.George J. Perth, Australia
What a fabulous trip, such a great place to visit and our tour guide Adele made it even so much better, very knowledgeable and friendly, she was special, no hesitation on recommending Gate 1 Travel!John N. Victoria, AU
Our trip was absolutely great. There was nothing for us to worry about. The organisational skills of the Tour Guide was exceptional. We enjoyed the trip so much that we have been actively promoting Gate1 as a travel agent. Now a word about our tour guide Stuart McMillan. Stuart is by far the best tour guide that we have ever had and I say that since my wife and I have travelled extensively since 2001... He was extremely friendly, knew his stuff, compassionate, thoughtful and above all just a great guy ... We wish we meet up with him again on future Gate1 trips. Great one Gate1, keep up the good work. Our group will definitely be back and we are currently looking at a trip to see more wildlife in Africa through your organisation in 2020.John R. Victoria, AU.
My trip to South Africa was amazing! I am thankful to Gate 1 for making it such a memorable trip. The flights, hotels, and food were wonderful and I was very satisfied with all the accommodations. The itinerary gave me a very in depth look at South African history, the people and their way of life. Our tour guide Dexter was wonderful, knowledgeable, attentive and very kind. Our two bus drivers, February and Elvis were wonderful and made us feel very safe. The safaris were amazing! It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I am happy I did it with Gate 1. I will definitely continue to travel with Gate 1 and recommend it highly to my family and friends.Liana B. Bronx, NY
Our trip was absolutely wonderful! We only have good things to say about the entire trip! Our tour guide, Peter, was amazing. Extremely knowledgeable about the countries, cultures, wildlife, etc. he was also very organized and related well to everyone in the diverse group. Thanks to Gate 1 for an awesome vacation!Sara C. Gainesville, GA
We greatly enjoyed our trip to South Africa. Cape Town has such amazing beauty in its scenery and on the safari we had great opportunity to see wildlife up close. Thank you Gate 1!Heidy H. Palm Springs, CA
Incredible doesn’t begin to describe it! From the moment we were met at the airport until the moment we left it just kept getting better. The accommodations were outstanding. The highlight though of course were the game drives. All of our drivers were so extremely knowledgeable which allowed us to track and see all of the Big 5. Don was our tour manager and he just made everything seem so effortless although I know there was a lot of coordination going on in the background. It won’t be our last visit to Africa or our last trip with Gate 1....thanks for the trip of a lifetime!Margaret M. Ontario, Canada
Our trip was amazing! I was skeptical of getting along with everyone in such a large group but it was a wonderful experience. Our guide Shai was amazing and very thoughtful. I will book another vacation through Gate 1 in the future. Thank you so much for the great experience.Brandy B. Ontario, OR
Our trip was Fantastic! Beautiful, eye-opening, and Wonderful! We saw and learned so much! Shawn was extremely aware and responsive to everyone's questions and desires. He is the Best! The scenery, animals, history - both past and present, food, culture, land use, Everything was Awesome! Thank You for a lifetime trip. We want to return in the future - so much to see, learn and experience.May May C. Newtown, CT
I have to say this was truly the trip of a lifetime...and that's coming from an experienced, life-long traveler. Gate 1 Travel does it right - accommodations were impeccable, beautifully located, and well appointed. Colleen Webster, our guide, was exceptional. She put her heart and soul into making sure everyone was well cared for and had a memorable trip. She went above and beyond for me and the others. This trip was seamless and I will never forget one single minute of it. Thank you!Geraldine G. Arvada, CO
The trip itself was TERRIFIC!! I'm not certain if all your guides in Africa are as knowledgeable as Jason Mair, but his command of the tour group and his knowledge ... When it came to the animals, he certainly knew his business and was able to assist us in getting the best photos because he knew, instinctively, what the animal's reaction was going to be in each situation.Kathleen B. Tuxedo Park, NY
Fantastic great group and travel guide, thanks for your great service Lyn and your help with bookings for my plane with good seats. Excellent accomodidation in top hotels, loved it.Mary G. Beverley Park, NSW, AU
PHENOMENAL! The sights, the animals, and the people. Africa was everything we expected and more. Even the weather cooperated; much more moderate than the historical weather data predicted. If it weren't for the distance and the long, LONG, L-O-N-G plane rides, we'd love to go back.Frederick Y. El Cajon, CA
My Gate1 tour to South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Botswana was fabulous!! The tours, food, hotel rooms, our guide Jason Muir, and all the amazing wildlife we saw were all wonderful. It certainly cost more than my other 12 Gate1 tours, but it was worth the cost. I would recommend it to anyone. I forgot to mention that the local people of all the countries were very helpful, friendly, and very SMILEY!!Dee S. Anthem, AZ
We loved, loved, loved our trip. Our Gate 1 tour guide Tesse is a gem! As it was our first time in South Africa, it was far more than we expected! The tour group that we were assigned to were just fabulous people. We just meshed as a team! The Cape Town and Johannesberg bus drivers and our Mabula game driver George were knowledgeable, patient, and safe drivers!...I will tell my friends and family about our experiences and your wonderful service!Elaine M. Las Vegas, NV
We had a fantastic time! Everything was great....our tour guide Dexter, the hotels, the food, the game drives and the add on winery tour and cape peninsula tour.Linda V. Pequannock, NJ
Very nice! I enjoyed it very much! Our Tour guide John was excellent! He gave us excellent information about South Africa like history and things to watch out for. Will go again on Gate 1 Travel.Lucie C. North Potomac, MD
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. We had good weather except for rain on the last day, and Colleen our tour guide did an excellent job...Everyone we met in South Africa was friendly and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed all the scenic tours as well as the great white shark cage diving. The only challenge in the tour was the long flights to get there, but we knew that up front...I would recommend this well planned tour to anyone.Craig E. Hernando Beach, FL
As my husband said: “The best trip ever!” It was number 1 on my Bucket List and I was not disappointed. Can’t say enough about it. The accommodations were beautiful and Peter, our guide, was excellent. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!Kathleen N. Ridgewood, NJ
It was a trip not to forget. Many diversified sights and experiences. But also would need to be physically fit and ready for the hectic schedules. We met many like-minded and very friendly fellow travellers. Highly recommend this South African experience.Pit W. Forest Hill, VIC, AU
It was absolutely fabulous! It was our first Gate 1 Tour, and we loved it! Jason, our tour guide, was A +! He was very concerned that all was good: our well being was his top priority! His knowledge about all aspects of South Africa was incredible! Gate 1 had everything top-notch organized and first rate! We had traveled internationally before, but this was THE BEST!Steve P. Richmond, TX
We had a wonderful time in South Africa. Judi and I were very pleased with the hotel accommodations along the way. The schedule was very good and allowed us to see and learn so much more than we ever could on our own. Jason, our very knowledgeable Gate 1 tour guide, did an outstanding job, paying attention to our daily needs and making sure that we got the most out of every stop along the way. Our day in Kruger National Park is the most memorable of the many pleasant experiences that we had on our tour. Now I just need to sift through all my photos. With hundreds of good shots, this may take a little time...thank you Gate 1.Vincent L. Huntley, IL
Our trip with Gate1 was fabulous. Everything from the administrative details, the tour itinerary and transportation/accommodation provided was first rate. In particular, our South African tour guide, Dexter, was excellent. Thanks for a great trip.Cyril A. Alberta, CA
Thank you for helping us to travel in S. Africa. It was Fantastic and tour director, Ahmet, was so much knowledgeable with so good organizing manner. Also, from now on, I will use Gate 1 travel in the future.Taik K. Richardson, TX
Our trip was fabulous. Everything went well, very well coordinated by the tour guide and particularly enjoyed all of the safaris. A wonderful experience.Bill W. Cotuit, MA
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