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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - Sanbona: Wilderness Luxury Retreat

PRE - Sanbona: Wilderness Luxury Retreat

Take off into the pristine Sanbona Wildlife Reserve on several spectacular nature drives to view Africa’s most iconic animals as well as conserved vegetation types of the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes while spending the time in between these adventures in a private tented lodge.

DAY 1: December 19th, 2014

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will proceed through Immigration formalities, identify and collect your baggage and clear Customs.

After clearance you will be met by a local representative. You will be assisted to your awaiting air-conditioned vehicle and transferred to the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront which is situated along the Atlantic Ocean, with Table Mountain and Robben Island providing a beautiful backdrop. This idyllic oceanfront destination sits within walking distance to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and provides a 10 minute drive from the central business district.

You are free to spend the remainder of the day doing whatever you please, with dinner on your own, before retiring for the evening at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront.

DAY 2: December 20th, 2014

After a leisurely breakfast in Tobago’s Restaurant, check out and settle any incidentals with the hotel’s cashier. Any excess baggage may be handed in to the concierge for storage at the hotel until your return on 15th.

You will be met in the hotel lobby by a local English-speaking tour guide who will accompany you on your transfer to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. While it takes approximately 3.5 to 4 hours to reach the reserve’s main gate, the journey is spectacularly scenic as it follows much of Route 62. This fabled thoroughfare winds past majestic mountains, towering cliffs and vineyards in fertile valleys.

Upon arrival at the main entrance gate, you will be met by a lodge representative who will transfer you to Dwyka Tented Lodge by 4x4 vehicle.

Surrounded by breathtaking rock formations that have inspired Sanbona’s nickname, the “Arizona of Southern Africa,” the lodge sits on a horseshoe bend of a dry ravine.

Following check-in, you will enjoy lunch and then settle into your spacious accommodations, one of the nine luxury tents. This wilderness was once the home of ancient Khoisan hunters, and it has changed little over the centuries.

Later in the afternoon, you will head out on your first nature drive, accompanied by an experienced ranger in open-air vehicle, specifically designed for this kind of terrain. While you may see the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo; the viewing opportunities are nearly infinite. The reserve contains a variety of animals from large ostriches and wildebeests to more unfamiliar species that include the grysbok, a small antelope endemic to the Western Cape.

Following the game drive, you will toast the event with a refreshing Sundowner drink before returning to the lodge for dinner and retiring in your Dwyka Tented Lodge.

After dinner, gaze up at the “Milky Way” and try to spot the “Southern Cross” & “Orion’s Belt” before retiring for the night. With the absence of artificial light, the stargazing at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa.

DAY 3: December 21st, 2014

After an early-morning wake-up call, you will set out on a nature drive in search of animals that you may not have seen the previous day. As it’s cooler in the morning, the wildlife tends to be more active.

You may spot a pride of lions stalking prey, elephants strolling to a water hole, or colorful cinnamon-breasted warblers, a bird only seen in the early light of day. The flora can be just as captivating, as the reserve contains nearly 600 species of plants that include exotic flowers and whimsically named succulents like Baby’s Bottoms and Pig’s Ears.

Following the game drive, you will return to the lodge for breakfast and some free time. You might relax in the comfort of your room, or join a ranger on a casual nature walk or a more challenging hike to an isolated viewing area.

Sanbona has about 600 species of plants and it is intriguing to know that various species are flowering at different times throughout the year. There are various floral kingdoms that make up the Reserve, which include Acacia Thickets, Nama, Karoo, Renosterveld, Succulent Karoo and Central Mountain Fynbos. Succulents are especially varied and fascinating with names like Baby’s Bottoms, Ostrich Toes and Pig’s Ears.

Much of the late afternoon will be spent on another nature drive to a different section of the reserve. Following dinner, you may wish to do some more star-gazing.

DAY 4: December 22nd, 2014

After an early-morning wake-up call, you will depart on a final nature drive before returning to Cape Town. As always, there’s no telling what you will observe, but you can be sure it will be magnificent.

Then, after breakfast at the lodge and check-out, you will drive in a 4x4 vehicle to the main entrance. From there, you will continue on in a motor coach, following a different scenic route back to Cape Town. Along the way, you will pass a number of charming towns, go through the fruit-growing region of Elgin, and travel over Sir Lowry’s Pass, which affords a magnificent view of Cape Town.

By late afternoon, you will arrive in Cape Town and and transfer directly to the harbour, where your cruise ship awaits you.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and times indicated are only approximate, are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

Day 1

Fly into the Cape Town International Airport and transfer to the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town or similar hotel. Check in is 3:00pm. If you prefer an early check-in, you may purchase hotel accommodations for an extra night. This day is at leisure as well as any meals.

Day 2

AM Leisurely early morning breakfast at the hotel and then check-out

8:00am Depart Cape Town and transfer via Route 62 to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. A restroom stop will be made along the way.

12:00pm Arrive at the main gate. Welcome refreshment and then transfer to the main lodge in 4x4 vehicles

1:00pm Lunch at the lodge and check-in formalities

4:00pm Afternoon nature drive

8:00pm Arrival back to the lodge

8:30pm Pre dinner drinks

9:00pm Dinner at the Lodge

Overnight at the Dwyka Tented Lodge

Day 3

5:00am Morning wake-up call

5:30am Morning tea, coffee and pastries

6:00am Morning nature drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

1:00pm Lunch at the lodge

4:00pm Afternoon nature drive

8:00pm Return to the lodge

8:30pm Pre dinner drinks

9:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Dwyka Tented Lodge

Day 4

5:00am Morning wake-up call

5:30am Morning tea, coffee and pastries

6:00am Morning nature drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

11:00am Check-out and transfer to the main entrance gate by 4x4 vehicle

12:00pm Drive to Cape Town. A packed lunch will be provided for you to enjoy en route

4:00pm Arrive at the harbor and board the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer is in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Sanbona Wildlife Reserve: Daytime temperatures in February can reach highs of 28°C (82°F) and lows of 14°C (57°F). Rainfall is light during this time but you should always be prepared.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries. This area is considered to be malaria-free.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least two consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all the visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel or similar in Cape Town – Business Class Sea Facing Room

Dwyka Tented Lodge in Sanbona – King Bedded Luxury Tent

*If similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

SPECIAL NOTES:

• This is one of South Africa’s largest privately owned wildlife reserves

• It is the first authentic free roaming “Big 5” wildlife reserve in the Western Cape

• On site - free roaming self-sustaining White Lions

• Is home to the critically endangered and highly elusive Riverine Rabbit

• Conserves vegetation types of the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes which are proclaimed Global Biodiversity Hotspots, characterised by exceptionally high species diversity and endemism

• The Fynbos Biome is a part of the Cape Floristic Kingdom, a World Heritage Site

• Rock art sites dating back to more than 1 500 years

• Stargazing here is rated amongst the best in Southern Africa

• Whilst this is a safari area, the animals are wild and sightings are not guaranteed

• The roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game drive can be bumpy.

• The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.

• This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers however, the program at the lodge and hotel is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge/hotel staff.

INCLUDES

• 1 night at The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront on a Bed & Breakfast basis

• 2 nights at Sanbona – Dwyka Tented Lodge on a Full Board basis, including meals & 2 game drives daily

• 2 local drinks per person with meals (choice of house wine, local beer, soft drinks & mineral water)

• Touring in a vehicle with air-conditioning and PA-system

• A registered local English-speaking tour guide on all transfers

• Packed lunch box on Day 4

• Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 2 suitcases per person

• Mineral water on-board the tour vehicle

• Transfer from the airport to the hotel on Day 1

** Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

EXCLUDES

• Any meals and beverages not listed above

• Any meals & beverages not listed above including premium brand spirits & liqueurs

• Personal expenses such as telephone calls; curio shop purchases; laundry;

• Gratuities for lodge staff, rangers, trackers, drivers & guides

• Visa fees

• Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,999 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - KAPAMA

PRE - KAPAMA

NOTE: This program begins in Johannesburg therefore arriving flights must be booked into OR Tambo International Airport.

Ride a 4x4 vehicle through a private game reserve teeming with iconic African wildlife on as many as six game drives, relaxing in a luxurious lodge setting between adventures.

DAY 1: December 18th, 2014

Upon arrival in Johannesburg at the OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met by a local representative once you exit the Customs and Immigration area who will assist you to your awaiting vehicle for your transfer to the “54 on Bath” Hotel.

The earliest check-in time at the hotel is 2:00pm although every effort will be made for your room to be available earlier.

Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure with dinner being on your own.

DAY 2: December 19th, 2014

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out and transferring to the airport.

On arrival at the airport, a representative will meet and assist you with any luggage storage and checking in for your connecting flight to Hoedspruit.

Upon arriving at Hoedspruit Airport, a Kapama Lodge representative will meet you for the transfer to Kapama River Lodge, which lies within the Kapama Private Game Reserve.

Since your morning has been spent traveling, feel free to relax for the next few hours, enjoying a welcome drink and lunch. Then, the real adventure begins with an afternoon game drive in the Kapama Private Game Reserve, which sprawls over approximately 30,000 acres.

This is an ideal time to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo. Following the game drive, you will pause to sip a sundowner in the picturesque bush and then return to the lodge for the evening and dinner.

DAY 3: December 20th, 2014

Awake before sunrise and gather for tea or coffee. As the sun rises, you will depart from the lodge for another game drive. As before, what you see depends entirely on the animals, but you can be sure the experience will be extraordinary. While you may catch sight of a herd of elephants or lions lazing in the sun, your guide will also point out smaller animals including birds, since more than 350 avian species have been spotted.

After several hours, you will return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast and to spend the remainder of the morning and early afternoon at leisure. You may relax around the pool, indulge in the spa, and enjoy the sounds of the bush.

During an afternoon game drive, you will have another opportunity to spot wildlife. As Kapama Private Game Reserve is an unspoiled wilderness, the animals behave naturally and are typically undisturbed by the presence of humans. You will return to lodge in time for dinner and to spend another delightful evening.

Note: As an alternative to the morning game drive, you may opt for an exclusive Elephant Back Safari in the reserve for an additional cost payable at the resort. During the orientation, a trained elephant handler will show you how to saddle up on the elephant’s back and follow its rhythmic strides as you move quietly through the bush. It’s the ultimate close encounter with an elephant, and there is no finer perspective for viewing the other animals. After approximately two hours riding atop the elephant, you will stop for a glass of wine and snacks. You will also have the opportunity to photograph the elephants saluting you, before they return to their stables. You will then be transferred back to the lodge in a 4x4 vehicle in time for breakfast.

DAY 4: December 21st, 2014

This day will mirror the previous day in many ways, as you will awake before sunrise and gather for coffee or tea. However, each game drive is unique as far as the animals you will see and how they behave. Again, you may observe the Big Five, as there is such a high density of big game animals in the reserve. Or you may sight other species such as antelopes, giraffes and leopards.

Then, you will return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast and spend the remainder of the morning and early afternoon at leisure. Following lunch and afternoon tea, you will depart for a late-afternoon game drive, during which the animals are also quite active. Afterwards, you will return to the lodge for dinner.

DAY 5: December 22nd, 2014

Enjoy a final early morning game drive before one last sumptuous breakfast at the Lodge.

After breakfast, check out and transfer to Hoedspruit Airport where you will check in and board your flight to Johannesburg.

Upon arrival at Johannesburg’s O.R Tambo International Airport, a local representative will meet and assist you with your stored luggage and checking in for your connecting flight to Cape Town.

On arrival in Cape Town, a local representative will meet and transfer you to the harbor where your ship will be waiting for you.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and times indicated are only approximate, are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the “54 on Bath” Hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

Day 1

Fly into the OR Tambo International Airport and transfer to the “54 On Bath” Hotel in Johannesburg or similar. Check in is 2:00pm. If you prefer an early check-in, you may purchase hotel accommodations for an extra night. This day is at leisure and meals are on own.

Day 2

8:30am Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Johannesburg

9:15am Arrive at the airport and check-in for your flight to Hoedspruit

10:15am Fly (Flight details TBA and subject to change) from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit

11:20am Arrive in Hoedspruit and transfer to Kapama

1:00pm Arrival at the lodge followed by lunch and check-in formalities

4:00pm Afternoon tea at the lodge

4:30pm Afternoon game drive

7:30pm Return to the lodge

8:00pm Dinner at the Lodge

Overnight at the Kapama River Lodge

Day 3

5:00am Morning wake-up call

5:30am Morning tea

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

12:00nn Lunch at the lodge

4:00pm Afternoon tea

4:30pm Afternoon game drive

7:30pm Return to the lodge

8:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Kapama River Lodge

Day 4

5:00am Morning wake-up call

5:30am Morning tea

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

12:00nn Lunch at the lodge

4:00pm Afternoon tea

4:30pm Afternoon game drive

7:30pm Return to the lodge

8:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Kapama River Lodge

Day 5

5:00am Morning wake-up call

5:30am Morning tea

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

10:00am Check out and transfer to Hoedspruit Airport

12:00nn Fly (Flight details TBA and subject to change) from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg

1:00pm Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport and collect any stored luggage

3:05pm Fly (Flight details TBA and subject to change) from Johannesburg to Cape Town

5:15pm Arrival in Cape Town

5:45pm Transfer to the port

6:30pm Arrive at the port and board the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer is in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Kapama: Summer weather is experienced in October through March. Daytime temperatures can reach highs of 42°C (107°F) and lows of 20°C (68°F). This is also the period when the most rain falls, approximately 550mm (21.6 inches) annually. The colder winter months of May through July experience daytime highs around 26°C (79°F) and night time lows of 8°C (46°F). The spring and autumn months represent mid points between the hot and cool seasons.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and lip cream. Anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. For your flights:

CHECKED LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to check-in one piece of luggage at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lbs.) and maximum dimension of 158 cm (62 inches)

? Any piece of luggage exceeding 32 kg (70 lbs.) will not be accepted as baggage and must be checked as cargo at the cargo rate.

HAND LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 8 kg (18 lbs.) and a dimension of 56 cm (22 inches) length, 36 cm (14 inches) width and 23 cm (9 inches) height.

? If the hand luggage does not conform to the size specified, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in counter.

? All hand luggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers.

? Hand luggage must not obstruct the emergency exits or aisles.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least two consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all the visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

“54 on Bath” Hotel or similar in Johannesburg

Kapama River Lodge in Kapama

*If similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Each room at Kapama River Lodge features a full en-suite bathroom and terrace with uninterrupted views of the game reserve. The central guest entertainment areas include a large rim-flow swimming pool with sun umbrellas and recliners. The long L-shaped relaxation lounge and bar under a double-volume thatch curves around the pool. Kapama also features a luxurious wellness center that includes a state-of-the-art gym equipped with cardio and weight-training facilities.

The tables in the Rhino Boma dining area are arranged under a low thatch, and there is a central open area with an outdoor fire that enhances the ambiance at night. Buffet-style meals introduce African flavors with Pan African dishes using fresh local ingredients and specialist dishes featuring venison like kudu and impala.

PLEASE NOTE

? The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Kapama Private Game Reserve.

? Be aware that this is a malaria-risk area and be sure to have taken the necessary medication.

? The rates are also strictly subject to availability of accommodation, transport and other services at the time of reservation.

? While this is a safari area, the animals are wild and sightings cannot be guaranteed.

? The roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game-drive can be bumpy. This program is not recommended for guests with back problems.

? This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers however, the program at the lodge and hotel is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge/hotel staff.

INCLUDES

? 3 nights at Kapama River Lodge on a full-board basis, i.e. all meals, local beverages and two game drives daily, including return HDS Airport to lodge transfers in open game vehicles

? 1 night at the 54 on Bath Hotel in Johannesburg or similar on a bed-and-breakfast basis

? Transfers in Johannesburg and Cape Town in private vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-systems

? Meet and greet service at Johannesburg / O R Tambo International Airport on Days 1 and 5

? Luggage storage at O.R Tambo Airport from Days 1-4, allowing for 1 piece per person

? Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 2 pieces per person

? Charter flights Johannesburg > Hoedspruit > Johannesburg > Cape Town

** Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

EXCLUDES

? Any meals and beverages not listed above

? Elephant-back safari

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry

? Visa fees

? Any other services not mentioned above

? Gratuities

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$3,399 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - Chobe and Victoria Falls

PRE - Chobe and Victoria Falls

PLEASE NOTE – This Pre Cruise Program begins in Johannesburg and therefore guests need to fly into Johannesburg, South Africa on or before January 4th

This nonstop adventure presents the unrivalled experience of touring thundering Victoria Falls and venturing into Botswana’s first national park on three game drives to view African’s most iconic wildlife.

DAY 1 – December 19th, 2014

On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met by a local representative outside the Customs And Immigratino area, and assisted to your awaiting vehicle.

Transfer to your hotel located in Johannesburg.

The earliest check-in time allowed at the hotel is 2:00pm, although every effort will be made for your room to be available earlier.

Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure and this evening dinner is enjoyed at the hotel.

DAY 2 – December 20th, 2014

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out and transferring to the airport.

On arrival at the airport, a representative will meet and assist you with luggage storage and checking in for your connecting flight to Victoria Falls.

On arrival, a local representative will meet and transfer you to Victoria Falls Hotel where a light lunch will be enjoyed.

Following lunch, you will transfer to Victoria Falls for a guided walking tour. Located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it’s the world’s largest curtain of falling water, based on the falls’ one-mile width and height of 360 feet. What an amazing spectacle to watch as the Zambezi River roars over the edge of a basalt gorge, forming what the locals call Mosi-Oa-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” In November 1885, after seeing the falls for the first time, Scottish explorer and doctor David Livingstone re-named them after Queen Victoria.

Few places are on earth are so mesmerizing, as Victoria Falls rumbles like thunder, spewing clouds of iridescent mist from the seething cauldron below. The mist rises so high at times that it can be seen from more than 12 miles away.

After your tour of the natural phenomenon, you will transfer to the town of Kasane in Botswana ( border crossing) and on to nearby Chobe Marina Lodge for check in. The lodge is located on the Chobe River, not far from the entrance to the Chobe National Park.

The remainder of the day is yours for relaxing or further exploration, with dinner being served in the early evening.

DAY 3 – December 21st, 2014

After an early-morning wake-up call, and coffee or tea in the lobby, you will embark on a morning game drive. This is an ideal time to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the largest concentration of elephants on the African continent.

You may see wildlife including elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo to name a few. Chobe is also home to two antelope that aren’t encountered anywhere else in Botswana, the puku and the Chobe bushbuck. Declared a national park in 1967, Chobe was the first one established in Botswana and now covers more than 4,500 square miles of dry savannah, floodplains, and teak woodlands that are ideal animal habitats.

Returning from your morning safari, a full breakfast will be served, after which you may spend the remainder of the morning however you please. The lodge’s facilities are yours to enjoy.

Following lunch, you will depart on a cruise down the Chobe River. This too is an ideal time for wildlife viewing, and you may see animals coming to the river for water.

Upon returning to the lodge, enjoy more free time before dinner is served and you retire for the evening.

DAY 4 – December 22nd, 2014

After an early-morning wake-up call, and coffee or tea in the lobby, you will embark on another morning game drive. As before, what you see depends entirely on the animals, but you can be sure the experience will be extraordinary.

Later, following breakfast at the lodge, you will transfer by bus back to the Victoria Falls Airport (border crossing) and check in for the return flight to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. Upon arrival a local representative will meet and assist you with your stored luggage and checking in for your connecting flight to Cape Town.

On arrival in Cape Town, a local representative will meet and transfer you to the harbor where your ship will be waiting for you.

Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the “54 on Bath” Hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

Day 1

Arrival of your flight into Johannesburg. You will be met and transferred to the hotel.

8:00pm Dinner will be served at the hotel

Overnight at the ”54 on Bath” Johannesburg or similar

Day 2

8:00am Transfer from your hotel to the airport

8:50am Arrive at the airport and check in for your flight to Victoria Falls

11:45am Flight SA 40 to Victoria Falls (subject to change) Light snack on board

12:35m Arrival in Victoria Falls. Transfer to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for lunch

3:00pm Transfer to the Falls

3:30pm Guided tour of the Falls

4:30pm Transfer to Kasane and then onto Chobe Marina Lodge

6:00pm On arrival at Chobe Marina Lodge, check in

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Chobe Marina Lodge or similar

Day 3

5:00am Wake up call

5:30pm Tea and coffee are served

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

12:00nn Lunch at the lodge

3:00pm Game drive

6:00pm Return to the lodge

7:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Chobe Marina Lodge or similar

Day 4

5:00am Wake-up call

5:30am Tea and coffee are served

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

10:00am Check out and transfer to Victoria Falls Airport

1:25pm Flight SA 41 Victoria Falls to Johannesburg (subject to change) Light snack on board

3:10pm Arrival Johannesburg

5:00pm Flight SA 357 Johannesburg to Cape Town (subject to change) Light snack on board

7:10pm Arrival in Cape Town and transfer to the pier

8:00pm Arrival at the port and embark the ship

PLEASE NOTE

? The contents and order of the activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife in the Chobe National Park.

? The roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game drive can be bumpy. This program is not recommended for guests with back problems.

? This is a malaria risk area. Make sure that the necessary medication has been taken. Guests should seek their physicians’ advice regarding malaria precautions and other recommended immunizations. You must begin taking malaria precautions prior to your departure date.

? Bring warm clothing, as the evenings and early mornings are chilly.

? Citizens of the United States do not require visas for Botswana.

? Citizens of the United States and Canada require a visa for Zimbabwe. These can be obtained upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport.

? A Zimbabwe double-entry visa for U.S citizens is $80 per person and payable in cash. Please ensure that you have the correct denominations of U.S. currency available, as change will not be given. Canadian citizens can only obtain a single-entry visa, which is $75 dollars per entry. This visa will need to be purchased on each entry.

? Please note that the above information regarding visas is current and is subject to change should the Zimbabwe Government and Customs implement new rules and tariffs. Two clear pages are required in your passport per entry into South Africa and Zimbabwe.

? Guests should consult the embassy to obtain the latest visa regulations.

? The water levels at Victoria Falls are season dependent. This time of year is low season.

• This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers and you will have a guide at Victoria Falls, however, the program at the lodge and hotel is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge/hotel staff.

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and lip creams. Anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

The monetary unit of Botswana is the Pula (P), which is divided into 100 thebe. Notes are in P5, P10, P20, P50 and P100. Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 (thebe) and P1 & P2. However, US Dollars are accepted throughout Botswana at all lodges.

Credit cards:

Most international hotels accept most standard credit cards as a payment for your “extras” account.

As a general rule, we would suggest that you allow sufficient local currency to cover the cost of any additional service at hotels, as many of the small lodges and game lodges do not have credit card facilities. MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted, with more limited use placed on American Express and Diners Card.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Botswana’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels and lodges and camps have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms. If you bring electric appliances, take along an international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plugs.

Outlets in Botswana require a three-pronged adapter plug with 3 round prongs.

Adapters can be brought from home as not all will be provided.

Be aware, however, that overnight recharging may not be possible where generator use restricts the availability of electricity.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. For your flight:

CHECKED LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to check-in one piece of luggage at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lbs.) and maximum dimension of 158 cm (62 inches)

? Any piece of luggage exceeding 32 kg (70 lbs.) will not be accepted as baggage and must be checked as cargo at the cargo rate.

? Any additional luggage not being taken on the trip will be stored in Johannesburg from Days 2-4 in a secure location.

HAND LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 8 kg (18 lbs.) and a dimension of 56 cm (22 inches) length, 36 cm (14 inches) width and 23 cm (9 inches) height.

? If the hand luggage does not conform to the size specified, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in counter.

? All hand luggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers.

? Hand luggage must not obstruct the emergency exits or aisles.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least two consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all the visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

“54 on Bath” Hotel in Johannesburg

Chobe Marina Lodge

We will only source alternate hotels in unforeseen circumstances. Should alternate hotels be required they will be of equal ratings and standards.

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

? 1 night at the “54 on Bath” Hotel or similar

? Dinner at the 54 on Bath, including 2 local drinks per person (beer, house wine, soft drink or water) and gratuity

? 2 nights at the Chobe Marina Lodge or similar, including all meals, two game activities daily, and two local drinks per person at meal times

? Meet and Greet service at Johannesburg / O R Tambo International Airport on Days 1 & 4

? Transfers in luxury air-conditioned vehicles

? Registered English-speaking tour guide on transfers in Cape Town and Johannesburg

? Lunch at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, including 2 local drinks per person

? Tour of Victoria Falls, including entrance fees to the Falls National Park

? Luggage storage in Johannesburg from Days 2 - 4 of additional bags not accompanying you on the trip

? Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 2 pieces per person

? One mineral water per person on transfers

? Scheduled flights in economy class

** Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

PROGRAM EXCLUDES:

? Any other meals not listed in the program

? All other beverages, including premium-brand drinks at Chobe Marina Lodge

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry

? Gratuities

? Any other services not mentioned above

Airline information for flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg and then CapeTown (subject to change):

SA 40 Y 05JAN JNBVFA HS1 1050 1235

SA 41 Y 07JAN VFAJNB HS1 1325 1510

SA 357 Y 07JAN JNBCPT HS1 1700 1910

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$3,299 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE PROMO - Africa's Winelands and Wildlife -PRM

PRE PROMO - Africa's Winelands and Wildlife -PRM

Day 1 - 19 Dec 2014

Upon arrival at the Cape Town International Airport (according to your individual flight arrival times), you are met ouside the Customs and Immigration area and transferred to your city-based hotel where you will spend the night. Lunch is on your own. Check-in time is at 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available before this time this cannot be guaranteed. If you are arriving quite early, in order to guarantee a room to be available when you arrive, you will need to book an additional night’s stay.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure and in the evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 - 20 Dec 2014

Depart Cape Town and head in an easterly direction towards the famous Cape Winelands, set below the dramatic range of mountains called the “Hottentots Holland”. White-washed homesteads nestling under avenues of oaks, rolling green hills covered with wild flowers, fertile valleys alive with the sounds of surging streams, restaurants with French names and Dutch flavors… such is the setting of the Winelands, home of some of the world’s finest wines and Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town.

Before lunch, two wine estates will be visited where you can partake in formal wine tastings. You will also visit Franschhoek, a small town in the Western Cape Province and one of the oldest towns of the Republic of South Africa.

After lunch you will drive through Stellenbosch, “Town of Oaks”, the second oldest town in South Africa, founded by Governor Simon van der Stel in 1679. Today, Stellenbosch is best known as a major university town, characterized by Cape Dutch-style architecture and leafy streets so beautiful that some of them have been declared national monuments.

After your orientation tour you will return to the hotel where the remainder of the day is at your leisure and dinner is on your own.

Day 3 - 21 Dec 2014

After breakfast at your hotel, depart Cape Town for a game drive, which will take place in a 4 x 4 safari vehicle, with an experienced ranger guide. A delicious buffet lunch follows before returning to Cape Town.

The remainder of the day will be at your leisure and dinner is on your own.

Day 4 - 22 Dec 2014

After breakfast at your hotel and check-out formalities, you will be transferred to the port to embark the ship.

A brief orientation tour of the city will be taken en route to the port. You will travel through the city centre and onto Adderley Street – it’s the principal thoroughfare of Cape Town, and is renowned for its fine examples of old Cape architecture, including the Standard Bank Building, St George’s Anglican Cathedral and the Cultural History Museum. You will also drive past the Castle of Good Hope - the oldest building in South Africa. Built from 1666-1679, it is a pentagonal fortification with a moat and bastions at each corner.

Program notes:

- The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the reserve.

- Animals are wild and so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

- Lions and cheetahs are in an enclosed area

- Guests are not permitted to use cellular phones on or during the game drives. They are also not permitted to speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles, as this will disturb the animals

- Smoking is not permitted during the game drives

- It may be difficult for some guests with walking difficulties to get in and out of the open vehicles

- For safety reasons, no children under the age of 6 years allowed on the open vehicles

- The terrain is very different to bushfield safari areas as this is considered to be a semi-desert area

- During the day, it can get extremely hot. The game drive vehicles are not covered – and guests are therefore exposed to the elements. Guests are therefore advised not to forget their sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, as well as their cameras and binoculars.

- The roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game-drive can be bumpy. Not recommended for guests with back & neck problems or for women who are pregnant.

- This tour is suitable for guests with walking disabilities, providing that a travel companion accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.

Land Program Step by Step:

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. Depending on the number of guests booked, the activities on Day 2 and Day 3 may be reversed for half the group in order to accommodate everyone. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred via private vehicle to your hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until the Welcome Dinner on Day 1 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

DAY 1

Arrive at the Cape Town International Airport & transfer (not necessarily private) to your city- based hotel

Check-in time at 2:00pm. Early check-in is not guaranteed. To guarantee early check-in you may wish to book an extra night.

7:30pm Welcome dinner at your hotel

DAY 2

6:30am Breakfast at your hotel

8:30am Depart your hotel for the Winelands

9:30am Wine tasting at a Wine Estate

10:30am Transfer to Franschhoek

11:00am Visit Franschhoek

12:00pm Drive to a Wine Estate

12:30pm Picnic lunch

2:00pm Drive to Stellenbosch

2:30pm Orientation tour of Stellenbosch on coach

3:30pm Return drive to your hotel

4:30pm Arrive at your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

DAY 3

6:30am Breakfast at your hotel

7:30am Drive to a Game Reserve

10:00am Restroom stop

10:30am Game drive

1:00pm Lunch

2:30pm Return drive to Cape Town

5:00pm Arrive back at your hotel

DAY 4

6:30am to 10:30am Breakfast at hotel

11:00am Check-out

11:30am Departure transfer to the ship via an orientation tour of the city

1:30pm Arrive at the port for embarkation

Accommodation:

Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel or similar hotel – double room

Cullinan St, Cape Town 8001, South Africa

Phone: +27 21 415 4000

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region, but is generally mild throughout the year.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops, cotton trousers and shorts. Trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Land cost includes:

• Three nights accommodation at The Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel or similar hotel including breakfast

• Transfers (not necessarily private) and local English speaking guide

• City Orientation

• Welcome dinner on day 1

• Touring as per description on day 2 &3 including lunch inclusive of 2 drinks per person (mineral water, soft drink, house wine or local beer)

• Bottled mineral water on board touring vehicle

• Porterage

Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided

Land cost excludes:

• Personal expenses such as telephone calls; shop purchases; laundry, hotel incidentals including mini-bar

• Additional beverages and meals not mentioned in the itinerary

• Gratuities to drivers, luggage porters and tour guides

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$699 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - AFRICA'S WINELANDS AND WILDLIFE

PRE - AFRICA'S WINELANDS AND WILDLIFE

Day 1

Upon arrival at the Cape Town International Airport (according to your individual flight arrival times), you are met outside the Customs and Immigration area and transferred to your city-based hotel where you will spend the night. Lunch is on your own. Check-in time is at 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available before this time this cannot be guaranteed. If you are arriving quite early, in order to guarantee a room to be available when you arrive, you will need to book an additional night’s stay.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure. In the evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, depart Cape Town and take the N1 National Road to Paarl, the “Pearl” of the Berg River Valley. Paarl is a romantic town built on both sides of a 10km long main street, shaded by oak trees and jacarandas. Here you will visit a local wine estate, enjoy a cellar tour and have the opportunity to taste some of the local wines.

Pay a short visit to the Huguenot Museum, situated at the foot of the Franschhoek Pass, which commemorates the arrival of the Huguenots in South Africa. The adjoining Huguenot Memorial Museum focuses on the genealogy of the Huguenot families.

Enjoy a picnic lunch including live music by a string trio at one of the local wine estates. Each couple will also receive a bottle of wine to take home. Next you will continue to Stellenbosch, “Town of Oaks”, the second oldest town in South Africa, founded by Governor Simon van der Stel in 1679. Today, Stellenbosch is best known as a major university town, characterized by Cape Dutch-style architecture and leafy streets so beautiful that some of them have been declared national monuments.

After your brief orientation drive through this lovely town, spend some time at leisure exploring on your own –browse through a variety of curio shops or pay a visit (additional cost) to the Stellenbosch Museum which comprises four different houses depicting different eras.

Finally you will return to the hotel where the remainder of the day is at your leisure and dinner is on your own.

Day 3

After breakfast at your hotel, depart Cape Town for a two hour journey which will meander through the scenic Hex River Valley to one of Cape Town’s closest private game reserves, Aquila.

This game reserve is situated on 4500 hectares of Southern Karoo Highlands and combines the flora and fauna of three beautiful valleys. The reserve encompasses a natural wetland and a magnificent mountain range. Here you will have the opportunity to experience an outstanding variety of game.

Upon arrival you will have a welcome drink followed by a game drive which will take place in 4 x 4 safari vehicles, with experienced ranger guides. Animals typically found roaming in the reserve included Rhino, buffalo, giraffe and lions (note: lions are in an enclosure). Large herds of zebra, black and blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, warthog, eland, springbok, blesbok and gemsbok may also been seen in the semi arid desert conditions. Hippo and crocodile lurk in the wetlands. Aquila’s wide array of bird species include several pairs of the rare and endangered black eagle, after which the reserve has been named.

Following your game drive and before your return to Cape Town, a delicious buffet lunch will be served in the African “Boma” restaurant.

Once back in Cape Town, the remainder of the day will be at your leisure and dinner is on your own.

Day 4

After breakfast at your hotel and check-out formalities, you will be transferred to the port to embark the ship.

A brief orientation tour of the city will be taken en route to the port. You will travel through the city centre and onto Adderley Street – it’s the principal thoroughfare of Cape Town, and is renowned for its fine examples of old Cape architecture, including the Standard Bank Building, St George’s Anglican Cathedral and the Cultural History Museum. You will also drive past the Castle of Good Hope - the oldest building in South Africa. Built from 1666-1679, it is a pentagonal fortification with a moat and bastions at each corner.

Program notes:

- The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the reserve.

- Animals are wild and so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

- Lions and cheetahs are in an enclosed area

- Guests are not permitted to use cellular phones on or during the game drives. They are also not permitted to speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles, as this will disturb the animals

- Smoking is not permitted during the game drives

- It may be difficult for some guests with walking difficulties to get in and out of the open vehicles

- For safety reasons, no children under the age of 6 years allowed on the open vehicles

- The terrain is very different to bushfield safari areas as this is considered to be a semi-desert area

- During the day, it can get extremely hot. The game drive vehicles are not covered – and guests are therefore exposed to the elements. Guests are therefore advised not to forget their sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, as well as their cameras and binoculars.

- The roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game-drive can be bumpy. Not recommended for guests with back & neck problems or for women who are pregnant.

- This tour is suitable for guests with walking disabilities, providing that a travel companion accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.

Land Program Step by Step:

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. Depending on the number of guests booked, the activities on Day 2 and Day 3 may be reversed for half the group in order to accommodate everyone. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred via private vehicle to your hotel. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 1 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

DAY 1

Arrive at the Cape Town International Airport & transfer (not necessarily private) to your city- based hotel

Check-in time at 3:00pm. Early check-in is not guaranteed. To guarantee early check-in you may wish to book an extra night.

Remainder of day at leisure. Lunch on own

From 7:30pm Dinner at your hotel

Overnight at the Radisson Blu Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 2

From 6:30am Breakfast at your hotel

8:30am Depart your hotel for the Winelands and Paarl

9:30am Wine tasting and cellar tour

10:30am Transfer to Franschhoek

11:00am Visit the Huguenot Memorial and Museum

11:45am Transfer to a local wine estate for picnic lunch

12:00pm Picnic lunch

1:30pm Drive to Stellenbosch

2:00pm Orientation tour of Stellenbosch followed by some free time to explore

3:00pm Return drive to Cape Town

4:00pm Arrive at your hotel

Evening at leisure and dinner on own

Overnight at the Radisson Blu Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3

From 6:30am Breakfast at your hotel

7:30am Drive to Aquila Game Reserve

9:45am Arrive, welcome drink and restroom break

10:15am Game drive

12:45pm Lunch at “boma” restaurant

1:45pm Leisure time

2:45pm Drive back to Cape Town

5:00pm Arrive back at your hotel

Remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure. Dinner on own

Overnight at the Radisson Blu Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 4

6:30am to 10:30am Breakfast at hotel

11:00am Check-out

11:30am Departure transfer to the ship with city orientation en route

1:30pm Arrive at the port for embarkation

Accommodation:

Radisson Blu Hotel - standard room

Beach Road, Grager Bay, Cape Town 8002, South Africa

Phone: +27 21 441 3000

*We will only substitute the hotel in unforeseen situations. If the hotel is substituted, it will be similar and with equal ratings and standards and guests will be notified in advance.

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region, but is generally mild throughout the year.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops, cotton trousers and shorts. Trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Land cost includes:

• Three nights’ accommodation at the Radisson Blu Hotel or similar hotel including breakfast

• Transfers (not necessarily private) and local English speaking guide

• Touring with entrances and game drive as per description

• Dinner on Day 1 inclusive of 2 drinks per person (mineral water, soft drink, house wine or local beer)

• Lunch on day 2 inclusive of 2 drinks per person (mineral water, soft drink, house wine or local beer) and a bottle of wine per couple to take home

• Lunch on day 3 inclusive of 2 drinks per person (mineral water, soft drink, house wine or local beer)

• Bottled mineral water on board touring vehicle

• Porterage allowing for a maximum of 2 suitcases per person

Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided

Land cost excludes:

• Personal expenses such as telephone calls; shop purchases; laundry, hotel incidentals including mini-bar

• Additional beverages and meals not mentioned in the itinerary

• Gratuities to drivers, luggage porters and tour guides

• Visa fees

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,499 Per Guest


Overland Tours



OVERLAND - African Pride: Pumba Reserve

OVERLAND - African Pride: Pumba Reserve

Behold some of South Africa’s most majestic animals on four game drives in the malaria-free Pumba Private Game Reserve, a wonderland of more than 16,000 acres of privately owned bush.

Day 1 – Sunday, December 28, 2014

After disembarking the ship in Durban, you will be met by a local English-speaking tour guide, who will accompany you on the private coach transfer to King Shaka International Airport. On arrival in Port Elizabeth, you will be met by a local English-speaking tour guide, who will accompany you on the private coach transfer to Pumba Private Game Reserve. The traveling time to this part of Eastern Cape South Africa, which is malaria-free, is approximately 1.5 hours.

Upon arriving at the Pumba Water Lodge, you will be greeted with a welcome drink.

Enjoy some free time before dinner at the lodge.

Day 2 – Monday, December 29, 2014

The day’s highlights include two game drives, one in the early morning, the other in the late afternoon. Each game drive lasts about three hours. For comfort, it’s always advisable to bring warm clothing, even in the mid summer, which in South Africa is December and January.

As before, you will head into the bush in an open-sided 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers and trackers who are skilled at pointing out the various animals.

The reserve sprawls over five biomes of diverse vegetation that support a huge variety of wildlife. You may catch sight of zebras grazing in the grassland, massive hippos wallowing in the mud flats, or herds of antelopes gracefully bounding across the fields. Giraffes often come right up to the vehicles out of curiosity. If you are a bird-lover, you will delight in the more than 300 species that live in the area. Of course, the Big Five always command attention and they are abundant.

Following the afternoon game drive, you will return to the lodge for dinner and to spend another relaxing evening.

Day 3 – Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The day starts with an early-morning game drive as the sun rises. It’s one more opportunity to see South Africa’s most iconic animals in their natural environment.

Afterwards, you will return to the lodge for a sumptuous breakfast, before checking out and transferring by coach to Port Elizabeth harbor to re-join the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated flights and times are approximate, provided here only for general reference and are subject to change.

Day 1

11:30am Depart Durban harbor for the airport

12:30pm Check-in

1:35pm Flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth (airline and flight TBA)

2:55pm Arrive at Port Elizabeth

3:30pm Drive to Pumba Private Game Reserve

5:00pm Arrive at the lodge and check-in

8:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at the Pumba Water Lodge

Day 2

5:30am Early-morning wake-up call

6:00am Early-morning game drive

9:00am Return to the lodge for breakfast

10:30am Time at leisure

1:00pm Lunch at the lodge

3:30pm Afternoon tea

4:00pm Game drive

8:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at the Pumba Water Lodge

Day 3

5:30am Early-morning wake-up call

6:00am Early-morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge, followed by check out

11:00am Transfer by coach to the Port Elizabeth harbour

12:30pm Arrive at the harbor and re-board the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and lip cream.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most accommodations have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. For your flight:

CHECKED LUGGAGE

Economy Class

*Passengers are permitted to check-in one piece of luggage at a maximum of 20 kg (50 lb.) and maximum dimension of 158 cm (62 inches)

*Please note that any single piece of luggage exceeding 32 kg (70 lb.) is not accepted as baggage.

*If exceeding 32 kg (70 lb.), the piece of luggage must be checked as cargo at the specified cargo rate

*Any excess or overweight baggage fees incurred are the responsibility of the guest

HAND LUGGAGE

Economy Class

*Passengers are permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 7 kg (15 lb.) and a total dimension of 115 cm

*Please note that if the hand luggage does not conform to the size specified, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in counter.

*All hand luggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers.

*Hand luggage must not obstruct the emergency exits or aisles.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Pumba Water Lodge

IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS

*The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Pumba Private Game Reserve.

*During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker.

*During the day, it can get extremely hot. The game-drive vehicles are not covered and guests are therefore exposed to the elements.

*Game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and the game-drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems.

*This tour is suitable for guests with walking disabilities, providing that a travel companion or spouse accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.

*Please consult your local physician prior to travel.

*Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

*Passports are required to be with guests.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

*2 nights at Pumba Water Lodge on a fully inclusive basis, i.e. accommodation, 2 game activities daily, local house drinks, all meals

*All transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-system

*Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests on all transfers only

*One 500-ml bottle of mineral water per person on transfers

*Porterage for maximum one piece of luggage per person

*Domestic flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth – economy class

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

*Any meals not mentioned above

*Personal expenses such as curio shop purchases, laundry, guide and driver gratuities, and telephone calls

*Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as caps, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$2,099 Per Guest


Overland Tours



OVERLAND - Shamwari: Pride of the Eastern Cape

OVERLAND - Shamwari: Pride of the Eastern Cape

Venture into the pristine bush of Shamwari Game Reserve on up to four game drives, during which you may see the legendary Big Five and other iconic African animals roaming freely in their natural habitat.

Day 1 – Monday, December 29th, 2014

Upon disembarking the ship in East London, you will be met by a local English-speaking tour guide who will accompany you on your private coach transfer, to Shamwari Private Game Reserve. The traveling time is approximately 3.5-4 hours.

Upon arriving at the reserve, you will check-in at the Shamwari Long Lee Manor and have some time at leisure. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a High Tea before embarking on your first game drive.

Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo.

Following the game drive, sundowners and light snacks will be served before returning to the lodge for dinner and to spend the evening.

Day 2 – Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

This morning you will be woken before sunrise. Meet in the Manor House for hot beverages, before departing with the rising sun on an early morning game drive. For comfort, it’s always advisable to bring warm clothing, even in the mid summer, which in South Africa is this time of the year.

As before, you will head into the bush in an open-sided 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers and trackers who are skilled at pointing out the various animals.

The reserve sprawls over 60,000 acres of reclaimed Eastern Cape terrain that supports a huge variety of wildlife. You may catch sight of zebras grazing in the grassland, massive hippos wallowing in the mud flats, or herds of antelopes gracefully bounding across the fields. Giraffes often come right up to the vehicles out of curiosity. If you are a bird-lover, you will delight in the chance to see raptors, water birds and unusual ant-eating chats probing the termite mounds. Of course, the Big Five always command attention and they are abundant.

Return to the lodge for a sumptuous breakfast, before packing your belongings and checking out.

You will be met at the lodge and transferred by coach, to the Port Elizabeth harbour where you will re-join the ship in time for lunch (travelling time approximately 1.5-2 hours).

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

Day 1

11:00am Upon arrival in East London, meet your guide and transfer by road to Shamwari

Private Game Reserve

3:00pm Check in at the Lodge

3:30pm Gather at the Manor House for High Tea before your game drive

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

7:00pm Return to the Lodge for dinner

Overnight at the Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Day 2

5:00am Early morning wake up call and game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the Lodge followed by check-out formalities

11:00am Transfer by road to the Port Elizabeth harbour

1:00pm Arrival at the pier and re-board the ship in time for lunch

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Shamwari, summer temperatures range from 18.6 degrees Celsius (65.5 degrees Fahrenheit) to 32.4 degrees Celsius (90.3 degrees Fahrenheit). Peak rainfall occurs in spring and autumn. Winter (April-August) temperatures range from 7.1 degrees Celsius (44.8 degrees Fahrenheit) to 19.5 degrees Celsius (61.3 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and lip cream.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most accommodations have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Shamwari Long Lee Manor

IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS

? The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Shamwari Game Reserve.

? During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker.

? Guests are therefore advised not to forget sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, as well as cameras and binoculars.

? Please note that the game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems.

? Please consult your physician before traveling

? Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed

? Passports are required to be with guests

WHATS INCLUDED

? 1 night at Shamwari Long Lee Manor on a Full Board basis, i.e. accommodation, game activities daily, all meals, 2 x local house drinks pp per meal

? All transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning & PA-system

? Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests on all transfers only

? 1 x 500 ml bottle of mineral water per person on transfers

? Porterage for maximum 1 piece of luggage per person

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

? All other meals not listed above

? Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers & lodge staff

? All other drinks including Champagne and premium brand spirits & liquor

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls; curio shop purchases & laundry

? Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$849 Per Guest


Overland Tours



OVERLAND - Kruger - Big Five in the Wild

OVERLAND - Kruger - Big Five in the Wild

Venture into the pristine bush on several game drives, looking for iconic African species in their natural habitats, after which you may indulge in the bountiful luxuries of Shishangeni Lodge.

DAY 1 — Friday, December 26, 2014

Upon disembarking the ship in Maputo, you will be met by a local representative, who will accompany you on the approximately three-hour coach transfer to Shishangeni Lodge.

Along the way, you will briefly disembark at the border post between Mozambique and South Africa for immigration and customs clearance. Once the formalities are completed, you will resume your journey to Shishangeni lodge, located in the southern part of the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

Upon arriving at the lodge, you will settle in over a sumptuous lunch. Then, after check-in and some free time, you will drive into the bush on your first game drive in an open-air vehicle that’s ideal for observing wildlife.

Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, Kruger is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo.

Afterwards, you’ll return to the lodge for dinner and to spend a relaxing evening.

DAY 2 — Saturday, December 27, 2014

Spend another glorious day at Shishangeni Lodge, enjoying a game drive in the early morning and another one in the late afternoon. Imagine taking in a magnificent sunset while you capture the moment of a pride of lions stalking their prey. Or perhaps you’ll see elephants strolling to a water hole.

What you see during each game drive will vary enormously, as Kruger supports countless animals. To add even more intrigue, many animals are born this time of the year, and you might catch sight of them.

The Kruger National Park is also home to more than 500 species of birds, including migratory species like the African Hoopoe. The Giant Eagle Owl, kingfishers, storks, shrikes, weavers, herons, eagles and kites are also commonly spotted.

After your game drives, you’ll return to the lodge to share stories of the day’s adventures while dining on traditional African cuisine. Later, you might gather around a roaring boma fire under the stars and enjoy vivid storytelling by the local community and watch rituals that are still enacted today.

DAY 3 - Sunday, December 28, 2014

Delve into the bush on yet another glorious early-morning game drive that showcases the bountiful wildlife and nature in the southern region of Kruger National Park.

Afterwards, enjoy breakfast and a leisurely morning before checking out and transferring to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. Following your flight into Durban King Shaka International Airport, you will be transferred to the harbor and re-board the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times and flights are approximate, provided here only for general reference and are subject to change.

Day 1

10:00am Disembark in Maputo and travel to Shishangeni Lodge

1:00pm Arrive at Shishangeni Lodge

1:30pm Lunch at the lodge, followed by check-in

3:30pm Afternoon tea

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

7:00pm Return to the lodge

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Shishangeni Lodge

Day 2

5:30am Early-morning wake-up call

6:00am Embark on a morning game drive

9:00am Return to the lodge for breakfast, followed by free time

1:00pm Lunch at the lodge

3:30pm Afternoon tea

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

7:00pm Return to the lodge

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Shishangeni Lodge

Day 3

5:30am Early-morning wake-up call

6:00am Embark on a morning game drive

9:00am Return to the lodge for breakfast

11:00am Check out and depart for the airport

2:00pm Check in for your flight to Durban

3:10pm Fly from Kruger to Durban (Flight details TBA and subject to change)

4:15pm Arrive in Durban and transfer to the ship

5:30pm Arrive at the harbor in Durban

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

The summer months in Kruger Park are very hot and humid with either continual rains or occasional afternoon thundershowers. December temperatures can vary from approximately 18°Celsius (64° Fahrenheit) to 34°Celsius (93° Fahrenheit).

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), and anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

Only one suitcase of 20kg (44 pounds) may be checked on the flight. You are also permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 8 kg (18 pounds). If the hand luggage does not conform to the size specified, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in counter. All hand luggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers. Hand luggage must not obstruct the emergency exits or aisles.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa and Mozambique

Program Includes:

• 2 nights at the Shishangeni Lodge on a full board basis, i.e. accommodation, game activities daily, meals and two local house drinks with both lunch and dinner

• Road transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-system

• Registered English-speaking tour guide on the transfers

• One 500-ml (16-ounce) bottle of mineral water per person on the transfers

• Porterage for a maximum of one piece of luggage per person

• Scheduled flight from Kruger to Durban

Not Included:

• All other meals not listed above

• All other drinks including champagne and premium-brand spirits and liquor

• Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers and lodge staff

• Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curio shop purchases and laundry

• Other services not mentioned above, including optional activities at the lodge

Please Note:

Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the game reserve. During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests bring a windbreaker. During the day, it can get extremely hot. As the game drive vehicles are not covered, you will be exposed to the elements. Guests are advised not to forget their sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, cameras and binoculars.

Please note that the game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be “bumpy.” This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair due to the difficulty of getting in and out of the game vehicles.

This is a malaria-risk area and necessary precautions should be taken.

Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion.

$1,699 Per Guest


Overland Tours



OVERLAND - PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

OVERLAND - PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 56,800 acres of prime wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent's finest game-viewing experiences, Phinda features Africa's wildlife at its best. Often described as the "Seven Worlds of Wonder," with its seven distinct habitats, Phinda is home to an abundance of wildlife from the largest lion to the smallest antelope. This fully inclusive program promises to be an unforgettable experience.

DAY 1 — December 27th, 2014

Depart Richards Bay and drive approximately 2.5 hours to the Phinda Private Game Reserve, a protected wildlife area that sprawls across nearly 57,000 beautiful acres of South Africa. Because of its size, the preserve boasts seven distinct habitats, including woodland, grassland, wetland and mountain ranges.

Upon arriving at the Phinda Mountain Lodge, you will enjoy a welcome drink and then a sumptuous lunch. Afterwards, you will have time to settle into your accommodations before departing on an afternoon game drive.

Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo. Herds of elephants are often seen meandering through the fever tree forests, while white rhinoceroses are usually found grazing on the grassland.

Following the game drive, sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, where you might see nocturnal wildlife. In time, you will return to the Phinda Mountain Lodge for dinner and to spend the evening. The lodge offers spectacular views of the mountain range and surrounding bushveld, so it’s quite the setting.

DAY 2 — December 28th, 2014

The day begins with an early-morning wakeup call, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits in the lounge. This too is an ideal time for wildlife viewing. As before, you will head into the bush in an open-topped 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers and trackers who are skilled at pointing out the various animals.

You may catch sight of a shy red duiker grazing on fallen leaves and fruit. The elegant nyala antelope is seen even more frequently, as Phinda boasts one of the highest densities of the species. The male nyala has a dark brown coat, yellow legs and shaggy mane, making it particularly spectacular. The female nyala features a less flashy, but no less beautiful chestnut coat. Of course, the Big Five always command attention and they are abundant.

Following your game drive, you will return to the lodge for breakfast. Then, after check out, you will transfer to Durban to rejoin your ship. Travelling time is approximately 3.5 hours.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, provided here only for general reference and are subject to change.

Day 1

9:30am Depart Richards Bay and transfer to the Phinda Private Game Reserve

1:30pm Arrive at the Phinda Mountain Lodge, complete indemnity forms

2:00pm Light lunch at the lodge followed by check-in

3:30pm Afternoon tea prior to game drive

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

7:00pm Return to lodge and freshen up prior to dinner at the lodge

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Phinda lodge

Day 2

5:00am Early-morning wake-up call

5:30am Tea and coffee is served in the main lodge

6:00am Embark on a morning game drive

9:00am Return to the lodge for breakfast

10:00am Pack belongings and check out

10:30am Depart Phinda for transfer to Durban

1:30pm Arrive at Durban harbor and re-join the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Phinda: Subtropical climate with hot, humid, wet summers (September to April) and warm to cool, dry winters (May to August). Much of the rainfall comes in short, intense afternoon thunderstorms. Rain can be expected 12 months of the year. Daytime temperatures in summer may rise above 35°C/95°F. Nights in winter rarely drop below 10°C/50°F.

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. However, an overnight soft-sided bag is recommended.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Phinda Mountain lodge features 25 air-conditioned suites, each with en-suite bathroom comprising bath, shower, separate toilet and twin hand basins. All suites have a sitting area, personal bar and private veranda with plunge pool and al fresco shower. Guest areas include a spacious u-shaped building, with a central al fresco courtyard and ample sitting and dining areas. These areas lead out onto a shaded terrace and three-tiered spacious veranda with spectacular views of the Lebombo Mountains and bushveld. Additional facilities include a Safari Shop, interpretive center, dramatic open-air boma, shaded swimming pool and observation deck.

Program Includes:

• 1 overnight at Phinda Mountain Lodge on a fully Inclusive basis, i.e. accommodation, 1 game activity daily, meals and local house drinks

• Road transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-system

• Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests on transfers

• Two 500-ml bottles of mineral water per person on transfers

• 1 lunch pack per person on Day 2

• Porterage for maximum of one piece of luggage per person

Not Included:

• All other meals not listed above

• All other drinks including champagne and premium-brand spirits and liquor

• Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers and lodge staff

• Personal expenses such as telephone calls; curio shop purchases and laundry

• Any other services not mentioned above, including optional activities at the Lodge

Please Note:

The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Phinda Private Game Reserve. During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker. Guests are advised not to forget their sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, cameras and binoculars.

Please note that the game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be “bumpy.” This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems. This tour is suitable for guests in a wheel chair and those with walking disabilities, providing that a spouse/family member/friend accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as caps, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$1,199 Per Guest


Overland Tours



OVERLAND -Thanda Private Game Reserve

OVERLAND -Thanda Private Game Reserve

Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive from the Durban harbor to Thanda Private Game Reserve. The integration of South Africa's best climate and rich bush land has made Thanda Private Game Reserve the top award-winning safari destination in South Africa. Thanda, meaning "love" in Zulu, expresses the power of the union between Zulu culture, wildlife, romance and exclusivity. Here you will find that unique and sought-after balance between energizing activity and exquisite relaxation. Ignite your imagination and discover an extraordinary experience for the mind, body, and soul.

Day 1 – Friday, December 27th, 2014

Depart Richards Bay harbour and travel approximately 2 hours to Thanda Private Game Reserve.

Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo.

You will travel in an open-topped 4x4 Land Rover, the ideal vehicle for unobstructed viewing. Accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers familiar with the animals’ habits, you will drive into the bush. As the animals are used to seeing people and don’t feel threatened, they tend to behave naturally. The experience is sure to be absolutely remarkable.

Following the game drive, sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, where you might see nocturnal wildlife such as hyenas. In time, you will return to the lodge to complete your check-in and to get ready for dinner at the Lodge.

Overnight at the Thanda Private Game Reserve

Day 2 – Saturday, December 28th, 2014

The day begins with an early-morning wakeup call, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits in the lounge. This too is an ideal time for wildlife viewing. As before, you will head into the bush in an open-topped 4x4 Land Rover.

While the Big Five may be wandering about the sprawling 35,000-acre reserve, your guides may point out other commonly seen animals such as endangered black rhinoceroses, cheetahs and warthogs. More than 400 species of birds also live within the reserve, and you can expect to see many of them flitting about and perched in the shrubbery.

Following your return to the lodge for breakfast, you will transfer to Durban, which takes approximately 3.5 hours.

Arriving in the harbor in the afternoon, you will rejoin the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

Day 1

11:30am Depart Richards bay and transfer by road to Thanda Private Game

Reserve

1:30pm Arrive at Thanda Main Lodge and check-in

2:00pm Afternoon tea

3:30pm Afternoon game drive

6:30pm Return to the Lodge for dinner

Overnight at Thanda Private Game Reserve

Day 2

4:45am Early morning wake up call and game drive

8:30am Return to the Lodge for breakfast

9:30am Pack belongings and check-out

10:00am Transfer by road to Durban

1:30pm Approximate arrival back in Durban Harbor and re-board the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere, midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Thanda: Subtropical climate with hot, humid, wet summers (September to April) and warm to cool, dry winters (May to August). Much of the rainfall comes in the form of short, intense afternoon thunderstorms. Rain can be expected 12 months of the year. Daytime temperatures in summer may rise above 35°C/95°F. Nights in winter rarely drop below 10°C/50°F.

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige colors clothing no bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers/shorts in summer, Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days, Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, Comfortable walking shoes, Camera film and batteries (remember spare batteries) Personal toiletries and lip creams , Anti – Malaria Prophylaxis

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200; R100; R50; R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5; R2; R1; 50c; 20c; 10c; and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although visa and master card are the most widely accepted

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. An overnight soft sided bag is however recommended.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

The main lodge encompasses nine bush villas, which offer guests the epitome of self-contained privacy and luxury. Circular in structure and reminiscent of a traditional homestead against a hill, each villa boasts a breathtaking view of the surrounding game reserve. 220 square meters (or approximately 2,500 square feet) in size, each villa has its own spacious lounge area and master bedroom with an inter-leading fireplace. A thatched outdoor game-viewing deck (known as a “sala”) and an infinity pool offer refreshing solace from the summer heat. Each villa has a full en-suite bathroom with an enormous oval-shaped bath and indoor and outdoor showers.

The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Thanda Private Game Reserve. During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker. Guests are advised not to forget their sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, cameras and binoculars.

Please note that the game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be “bumpy.” This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems. This tour is suitable for guests in a wheel chair and those with walking disabilities, providing that a spouse/family member/friend accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.

WHATS INCLUDED

? 1 night at Thanda Main Lodge on a Fully Inclusive basis, i.e. accommodation, 1 game activity daily, meals and local house drinks with meals

? Road transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning & PA-system

? Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests on transfers only

? 1 x 500 ml bottle of mineral water per person on transfers

? Porterage for maximum 1 piece of luggage per person

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

? All other meals not listed above

? All other drinks including Champagne and premium brand spirits & liquor

? Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers & lodge staff

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls; curio shop purchases & laundry

? Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; caps; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,199 Per Guest


Overland Tours



OVERLAND - SOSSUSVLEI DUNE ADVENTURE

OVERLAND - SOSSUSVLEI DUNE ADVENTURE

Experience one of the world’s most dramatic desert landscapes in luxury by joining a nature drive, stargazing in an observatory, brunching on the high dunes, and zipping about on a quad bike.

Day 1 – Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

After disembarking from the ship in Walvis Bay, you transfer to the Walvis Bay Airport for a charter flight to Sossusvlei. Upon landing, you will transfer in a 4-wheel-drive open-air vehicle to the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.

Nestled deep in the heart of Namibia’s hauntingly beautiful Namib Desert in Southern Africa, the secluded lodge is a serene oasis that overlooks awe-inspiring dunes and stony outcrops. The area’s tranquility and extraordinary clarity of light make it one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes.

After checking into a luxurious private suite with a skylight over the bed for stargazing, you will then embark on an afternoon nature drive accompanied by an expert guide. Driving along in an open-air vehicle ideally suited for viewing, you will look for indigenous desert wildlife.

You may spot the iconic oryx, an antelope with bold black and white facial markings and sweeping horns. The desert is also home to mountain zebra, cheetah, baboon, springbok, Cape fox and ostrich. There is no telling what you will encounter or see, as you explore the fascinating and varied terrain.

Later, you will dine on delectable African cuisine and then head for the lodge’s observatory, which houses the most powerful electronic telescope in Namibia outside the National Observatory. The crisp, dry desert air provides unrivalled opportunities to be mesmerized by the Milky Way, when the weather permits. To help you get the most out of your viewing, knowledgeable field guides will point out the highlights in the southern skies while elaborating on the cosmos.

Afterwards, you will retire to your suite for the evening.

Day 2 – Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Your adventure begins in the coolness of the early morning, as you board a 4-wheel-drive open-air vehicle and set out to explore the Sossusvlei Desert Mountains. The orange sand dune belts of the NamibRand Nature Reserve are magnificent and among the world’s highest, offering an incredibly panoramic view of the serene desert below.

Here, in this rare dramatic setting, you will enjoy brunch, followed by a visit to the Dead Vlei, which is Afrikaans for “dead marsh.” Once irrigated by a river, which dried up about 900 years ago, this part of the desert is so dry that the trees not only died, they turned black in the intense sunlight. Yet, they still stand as eerie monuments to the harsh climate as it’s too arid for them to decompose.

By the late morning, you will return to the lodge and settle in to enjoy several hours of free time. Afterwards, you can participate in an activity such as a dune walk, during which you might see a yellow-flowered quiver tree and animals resting in cool burrows. It’s also possible to arrange an expedition to the nearby San cave to see the ancient paintings on the cave walls. Or you might ride a four-wheel quad bike along the desert trails, accompanied by an expert guide.

Come evening, you’ll enjoy dinner before retiring to your suite, where you might stargaze in private through the skylight above the bed.

Day 3 –Monday, January 5th, 2015

While most of the day while be spent traveling back to the ship, you will have time for an optional nature activity in the morning. Afterwards, you will transfer to the airstrip for your charter flight to Walvis Bay and then connect with your scheduled flight to the Cape Town International Airport. From there, you will transfer to Cape Town harbor and re-join your cruise ship.

Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, provided here only for general reference and are subject to change.

Day 1

12:30pm Depart Walvis Bay Harbor and transfer to Walvis Bay Airport

1.45pm Charter flight from Walvis Bay to Sossusvlei.

3:00pm Arrive at the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge and check-in

3:30pm Afternoon tea

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

6:30pm Sundowner drinks

8:00pm Dinner and stargazing

Overnight at the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Day 2

4:30am Early-morning wake-up call

5:00am Tea & coffee

5:30am Sossusvlei desert excursion

11:30am Return to the lodge

12:00pm Free time

1:00pm Lunch

3:30pm Afternoon tea

4:00pm Afternoon game activity

6:30pm Sundowner drinks

8:00pm Dinner and optional stargazing

Day 3

05:00am Leisurely morning with an optional game activity, followed by breakfast

10:00am Check out

10:30am Transfer to the airstrip for the charter flight to Walvis Bay

10:45am Flight from Sossusvlei to Walvis Bay

12:00pm Arrive at Walvis Bay Airport

2:00pm Fly from Walvis Bay to Cape Town

4:00pm Arrive in Cape Town

5:00pm Transfer to Cape Town harbor and re-join the ship

Note: Flight details are to be announced and are subject to change.

Expected weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Sossusvlei, the weather in February tends to represent the middle part of the wet season, although in the desert there is only a low chance of occasional overcast skies and light showers. Daytime temperatures should peak around 31°C/88°F, with nights dipping to 16°C/61°F.

What to bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), and personal toiletries.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most accommodations have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

Due to the charter flight on a 12-seat C208 plane (subject to change), luggage weight is restricted to a maximum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) per person, including hand luggage.

**Luggage must be soft-sided.

Weight restriction on charter flight:

Guests cannot weigh more than 100 kilograms (200 pounds) each. Weight restrictions do not allow for guests to compensate their weight with fellow travelling guests.

Documents and visa requirements:

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least two consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than six months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa and Namibia

Accommodation:

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (suites)

IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS

• Guests are not permitted to use cellular phones during activities, nor speak loudly or stand up on the game drive vehicles, as it will disturb the animals.

• Smoking is not permitted during the drives.

• It may be difficult for some guests with walking difficulties to get in and out of the open vehicles.

• The roads in the game reserve are gravel. Certain parts of the drive can be bumpy. The program is not recommended for guests with back problems.

• Comfortable clothing, binoculars and a sun hat are strongly recommended.

• For safety reasons, no children under the age of 6 years are allowed on the open vehicles.

• Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

• Please consult your local embassy for details on the latest visa requirements for Namibia.

• Only one soft-sided bag of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) per person is allowed.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

* 2 nights at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge on a fully inclusive basis (accommodation, all meals, local beverages and activities as mentioned above).

* Transfers in Walvis Bay and Cape Town in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-system.

* Registered English-speaking driver-guide on transfers

* One 500-ml (17-ounce) bottle of mineral water per person on transfers

* Porterage for a maximum of one piece of soft-sided luggage per person

* Charter flights between Walvis Bay and Sossusvlei

* Scheduled flight from Walvis Bay to Cape Town

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

* Meals not listed above

* Gratuities for drivers, guides and lodge staff

* All other drinks, including champagne and premium-brand spirits and liquor

* Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry

* Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as caps, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$2,999 Per Guest


Overland Tours



OVERLAND - PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

OVERLAND - PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 56,800 acres of prime wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent's finest game-viewing experiences, Phinda features Africa's wildlife at its best. Often described as the "Seven Worlds of Wonder," with its seven distinct habitats, Phinda is home to an abundance of wildlife from the largest lion to the smallest antelope. This fully inclusive program promises to be an unforgettable experience.

DAY 1 — December 27th, 2014

Depart Richards Bay and drive approximately 2.5 hours to the Phinda Private Game Reserve, a protected wildlife area that sprawls across nearly 57,000 beautiful acres of South Africa. Because of its size, the preserve boasts seven distinct habitats, including woodland, grassland, wetland and mountain ranges.

Upon arriving at the Phinda Mountain Lodge, you will enjoy a welcome drink and then a sumptuous lunch. Afterwards, you will have time to settle into your accommodations before departing on an afternoon game drive.

Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo. Herds of elephants are often seen meandering through the fever tree forests, while white rhinoceroses are usually found grazing on the grassland.

Following the game drive, sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, where you might see nocturnal wildlife. In time, you will return to the Phinda Mountain Lodge for dinner and to spend the evening. The lodge offers spectacular views of the mountain range and surrounding bushveld, so it’s quite the setting.

DAY 2 — December 28th, 2014

The day begins with an early-morning wakeup call, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits in the lounge. This too is an ideal time for wildlife viewing. As before, you will head into the bush in an open-topped 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers and trackers who are skilled at pointing out the various animals.

You may catch sight of a shy red duiker grazing on fallen leaves and fruit. The elegant nyala antelope is seen even more frequently, as Phinda boasts one of the highest densities of the species. The male nyala has a dark brown coat, yellow legs and shaggy mane, making it particularly spectacular. The female nyala features a less flashy, but no less beautiful chestnut coat. Of course, the Big Five always command attention and they are abundant.

Following your game drive, you will return to the lodge for breakfast. Then, after check out, you will transfer to Durban to rejoin your ship. Travelling time is approximately 3.5 hours.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, provided here only for general reference and are subject to change.

Day 1

9:30am Depart Richards Bay and transfer to the Phinda Private Game Reserve

1:30pm Arrive at the Phinda Mountain Lodge, complete indemnity forms

2:00pm Light lunch at the lodge followed by check-in

3:30pm Afternoon tea prior to game drive

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

7:00pm Return to lodge and freshen up prior to dinner at the lodge

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Phinda lodge

Day 2

5:00am Early-morning wake-up call

5:30am Tea and coffee is served in the main lodge

6:00am Embark on a morning game drive

9:00am Return to the lodge for breakfast

10:00am Pack belongings and check out

10:30am Depart Phinda for transfer to Durban

1:30pm Arrive at Durban harbor and re-join the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Phinda: Subtropical climate with hot, humid, wet summers (September to April) and warm to cool, dry winters (May to August). Much of the rainfall comes in short, intense afternoon thunderstorms. Rain can be expected 12 months of the year. Daytime temperatures in summer may rise above 35°C/95°F. Nights in winter rarely drop below 10°C/50°F.

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. However, an overnight soft-sided bag is recommended.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Phinda Mountain lodge features 25 air-conditioned suites, each with en-suite bathroom comprising bath, shower, separate toilet and twin hand basins. All suites have a sitting area, personal bar and private veranda with plunge pool and al fresco shower. Guest areas include a spacious u-shaped building, with a central al fresco courtyard and ample sitting and dining areas. These areas lead out onto a shaded terrace and three-tiered spacious veranda with spectacular views of the Lebombo Mountains and bushveld. Additional facilities include a Safari Shop, interpretive center, dramatic open-air boma, shaded swimming pool and observation deck.

Program Includes:

• 1 overnight at Phinda Mountain Lodge on a fully Inclusive basis, i.e. accommodation, 1 game activity daily, meals and local house drinks

• Road transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-system

• Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests on transfers

• Two 500-ml bottles of mineral water per person on transfers

• 1 lunch pack per person on Day 2

• Porterage for maximum of one piece of luggage per person

Not Included:

• All other meals not listed above

• All other drinks including champagne and premium-brand spirits and liquor

• Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers and lodge staff

• Personal expenses such as telephone calls; curio shop purchases and laundry

• Any other services not mentioned above, including optional activities at the Lodge

Please Note:

The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Phinda Private Game Reserve. During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker. Guests are advised not to forget their sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, cameras and binoculars.

Please note that the game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be “bumpy.” This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems. This tour is suitable for guests in a wheel chair and those with walking disabilities, providing that a spouse/family member/friend accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as caps, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$1,199 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST - Sanbona: Wilderness Luxury Retreat

POST - Sanbona: Wilderness Luxury Retreat

Take off into the pristine Sanbona Wildlife Reserve on several spectacular nature drives to view Africa’s most iconic animals as well as conserved vegetation types of the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes while spending the time in between these adventures in a private tented lodge.

DAY 1: January 6th, 2015

After disembarking in Cape Town, a local English-speaking guide will accompany you on the drive to the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. While it takes approximately 3.5 to 4 hours to reach the reserve’s main gate, the journey is spectacularly scenic as it follows much of Route 62. This fabled thoroughfare winds past majestic mountains, towering cliffs and vineyards in fertile valleys.

Upon reaching the main gate, you will stop for a welcome drink and then ride on to the beautifully appointed Dwyka Tented Lodge in a 4x4 vehicle. Surrounded by breathtaking rock formations that have inspired Sanbona’s nickname, the “Arizona of Southern Africa,” the lodge sits on a horseshoe bend of a dry ravine.

Following check-in, you will enjoy lunch and then settle into your spacious accommodations, one of the nine luxury tents. This wilderness was once the home of ancient Khoisan hunters, and it has changed little over the centuries.

Later in the afternoon, you will head out on your first nature drive, accompanied by an experienced ranger in open-air vehicle, specifically designed for this kind of terrain. While you may see the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo; the viewing opportunities are nearly infinite. The reserve contains a variety of animals from large ostriches and wildebeests to more unfamiliar species that include the grysbok, a small antelope endemic to the Western Cape.

Following the nature drive, you will toast the event with a refreshing Sundowner drink before returning to the lodge for dinner and retiring in your Dwyka Tented Lodge. After dinner, gaze up at the “Milky Way” and try to spot the “Southern Cross” & “Orion’s Belt” before retiring for the night. With the absence of artificial light, the stargazing at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa.

DAY 2: January 7th, 2015

After an early-morning wake-up call, you will set out on a nature drive in search of animals that you may not have seen the previous day. As it’s cooler in the morning, the wildlife tends to be more active.

You may spot a pride of lions stalking prey, elephants strolling to a water hole, or colorful cinnamon-breasted warblers, a bird only seen in the early light of day. The flora can be just as captivating, as the reserve contains nearly 600 species of plants that include exotic flowers and whimsically named succulents like Baby’s Bottoms and Pig’s Ears.

Following the nature drive, you will return to the lodge for breakfast and some free time. You might relax in the comfort of your room, or join a ranger on a casual nature walk or a more challenging hike to an isolated viewing area.

Sanbona has about 600 species of plants and it is intriguing to know that various species are flowering at different times throughout the year. There are various floral kingdoms that make up the Reserve, which include Acacia Thickets, Nama, Karoo, Renosterveld, Succulent Karoo and Central Mountain Fynbos. Succulents are especially varied and fascinating with names like Baby’s Bottoms, Ostrich Toes and Pig’s Ears.

Much of the late afternoon will be spent on another nature drive to a different section of the reserve. Following dinner, you may wish to do some more star-gazing.

DAY 3: January 8th, 2015

After an early-morning wake-up call, you will depart on a final nature drive before returning to Cape Town. As always, there’s no telling what you will observe, but you can be sure it will be magnificent.

Then, after breakfast at the lodge and check-out, you will drive in a 4x4 vehicle to the main entrance. From there, you will continue on in a motor coach, following a different scenic route back to Cape Town. Along the way, you will pass a number of charming towns, go through the fruit-growing region of Elgin, and travel over Sir Lowry’s Pass, which affords a magnificent view of Cape Town.

By late afternoon, you will arrive in Cape Town and check into the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. It overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, with Table Mountain and Robben Island providing a beautiful backdrop. The hotel is just steps away from the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, one of the city’s premier shopping and entertainment venues.

You are free to spend the remainder of the day doing whatever you please, with dinner on your own, before retiring for the evening at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront.

DAY 4: January 9th, 2015

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.

While the latest check-out time is 11:00am, every effort will be made for your room to be available longer in case of a later flight.

In time, you will transfer to Cape Town International Airport to board your flight.

Land Program Step by Step:

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given here for general reference purposes, and subject to change.

Day 1

8:00am Depart Cape Town and drive to Sanbona

12:00pm Arrive at the entrance and transfer by 4x4 vehicle to the Dwyka Tented Lodge

1:00pm Lunch at the lodge

2:00pm Check-in

4:00pm Afternoon nature drive

8:00pm Return to the lodge

8:30pm Pre-dinner drinks

9:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at the Dwyka Tented Lodge

Day 2

5:00am Early-morning wake-up call

5:30am Enjoy tea, coffee and pastries

6:00am Morning nature drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

1:00pm Lunch at the lodge

4:00pm Afternoon nature drive

8:00pm Return to the lodge

8:30pm Pre-dinner drinks

9:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at the Dwyka Tented Lodge

Day 3

5:00am Early-morning wake-up call

5:30am Enjoy tea, coffee and pastries

6:00am Morning nature drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

11:00am Check-out and transfer to the main entrance gate in a 4x4 vehicle

12:00pm Continue to Cape Town by motor coach

4:00pm Arrive at the Radisson Blu Waterfront

Evening at leisure and dinner on your own

Overnight at the Radisson Blu Waterfront or similar hotel

Day 4

AM Leisurely breakfast at the hotel

11:00am Latest check-out time. Luggage storage will be available for guests with later flights.

Transfers to the Cape Town International Airport will be according to your flight details.

Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Check out is 11:00am. Meals other than breakfast, as well as any activities, are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer is in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Sanbona Wildlife Reserve: Daytime temperatures in February can reach highs of 28°C (82°F) and lows of 14°C (57°F). Rainfall is light during this time, but you should always be prepared.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film, batteries (including spare batteries), and personal toiletries. This area is considered to be malaria-free.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least two consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all the visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel or similar in Cape Town (business-class oceanview room)

Dwyka Tented Lodge in Sanbona (king-bedded luxury tent)

*If similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

SPECIAL NOTES:

• Sanbona is one of South Africa’s largest privately owned wildlife reserves

• It is the first authentic free-roaming “Big 5” wildlife reserve in the Western Cape

• Free-roaming self-sustaining white lions are on site

• It’s home to the critically endangered and highly elusive Riverine Rabbit

• Site conserves vegetation types of the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes, which are proclaimed Global Biodiversity Hotspots, characterized by exceptionally high species diversity

• The Fynbos Biome is a part of the Cape Floristic Kingdom, a World Heritage Site

• There are rock art sites dating back to more than 1,500 years

• Stargazing here is rated among the best in Southern Africa

• Animals are wild and sightings are not guaranteed

• Roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game drive can be bumpy.

• The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.

• This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers however, the program at the lodge and hotel is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge/hotel staff.

INCLUDES

• One night at The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront on a Bed & Breakfast basis

• Two nights at Sanbona – Dwyka Tented Lodge on a full-board basis, including meals and game drives daily

• Two local drinks per person with meals (house wine, local beer, soft drinks and mineral water)

• Touring in a vehicle with air-conditioning and PA-system

• A registered local English-speaking tour guide on all transfers

• Packed lunch box on Day 4

• Porterage, allowing for a maximum of two suitcases per person

• Mineral water on-board the tour vehicle

• Transfer from the hotel to the airport on Day 4

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

EXCLUDES

• Any meals and beverages not listed above

• Premium-brand spirits and liqueurs

• Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry

• Gratuities for lodge staff, rangers, trackers, drivers and guides

• Visa fees

• Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,999 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST - Kapama

POST - Kapama

NOTE: This program ends in Johannesburg therefore departing flights must be booked out of OR Tambo International Airport.

Ride a 4x4 vehicle through a private game reserve teeming with iconic African wildlife on as many as six game drives, relaxing in a luxurious lodge setting between adventures.

DAY 1: January 6th, 2015

After disembarking from the ship in Cape Town, you will transfer directly to the Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. Upon arriving, you will be assisted with luggage storage and checking in for your connecting flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arriving at Hoedspruit Airport, a Kapama Lodge representative will meet you for the transfer to Kapama River Lodge, which lies within the Kapama Private Game Reserve.

Since your morning has been spent traveling, feel free to relax for the next few hours, enjoying a welcome drink and lunch. Then, the real adventure begins with an afternoon game drive in the Kapama Private Game Reserve, which sprawls over approximately 30,000 acres.

This is an ideal time to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo. Following the game drive, you will pause to sip a sundowner in the picturesque bush and then return to the lodge for the evening and dinner.

DAY 2: January 7th, 2015

Awake before sunrise and gather for tea or coffee. As the sun rises, you will depart from the lodge for another game drive. As before, what you see depends entirely on the animals, but you can be sure the experience will be extraordinary. While you may catch sight of a herd of elephants or lions lazing in the sun, your guide will also point out smaller animals including birds, since more than 350 avian species have been spotted.

After several hours, you will return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast and to spend the remainder of the morning and early afternoon at leisure. You may relax around the pool, indulge in the spa, and enjoy the sounds of the bush.

During an afternoon game drive, you will have another opportunity to spot wildlife. As Kapama Private Game Reserve is an unspoiled wilderness, the animals behave naturally and are typically undisturbed by the presence of humans. You will return to lodge in time for dinner and to spend another delightful evening.

Note: As an alternative to the morning game drive, you may opt for an exclusive Elephant Back Safari in the reserve for an additional $245 (price subject to change).

During the orientation, a trained elephant handler will show you how to saddle up on the elephant’s back and follow its rhythmic strides as you move quietly through the bush. It’s the ultimate close encounter with an elephant, and there is no finer perspective for viewing the other animals.

After approximately two hours riding atop the elephant, you will stop for a glass of wine and snacks. You will also have the opportunity to photograph the elephants saluting you, before they return to their stables. You will then be transferred back to the lodge in a 4x4 vehicle in time for breakfast.

DAY 3: January 8th, 2015

This day will mirror the previous day in many ways, as you will awake before sunrise and gather for coffee or tea. However, each game drive is unique as far as the animals you will see and how they behave. Again, you may observe the Big Five, as there is such a high density of big game animals in the reserve. Or you may sight other species such as antelopes, giraffes and leopards.

Then, you will return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast and spend the remainder of the morning and early afternoon at leisure. Following lunch and afternoon tea, you will depart for a late-afternoon game drive, during which the animals are also quite active. Afterwards, you will return to the lodge for dinner.

DAY 4: January 9th, 2015

Enjoy one last early-morning game drive before checking out and transferring to Hoedspruit Airport, where you will board your flight to Johannesburg.

Upon arriving at Johannesburg’s O.R Tambo International Airport, a local representative will assist you with your stored luggage and transfer to the “54 on Bath” Hotel in Johannesburg for the evening. Relax and enjoy, as remainder of the day is at your leisure.

DAY 5: January 10th, 2015

Enjoy at leisurely breakfast at the hotel.

The check-out time from the hotel is 11:00am, although every effort will be made for your room to be available for longer in case of a late flight.

According to your flight schedule, you will be met and transferred to OR Tambo International Airport in time for your flight.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and times indicated are only approximate, are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

Day 1

7:00am Transfer from the port to the airport in Cape Town

8:50am Fly (Flight details TBA and subject to change) from Cape Town to Johannesburg

10:50am Arrive in Johannesburg

12:15pm Fly (Flight details TBA and subject to change) from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit

1:15pm Arrive in Hoedspruit and transfer to Kapama

2:00pm Check in at the Kapama River Lodge

4:00pm Afternoon tea at the lodge

4:30pm Afternoon game drive

7:30pm Return to the lodge

8:00pm Dinner at the Lodge

Overnight at the Kapama River Lodge

Day 2

5:00am Morning wake-up call

5:30am Morning tea

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

12:00nn Lunch at the lodge

4:00pm Afternoon tea

4:30pm Afternoon game drive

7:30pm Return to the lodge

8:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Kapama River Lodge

Day 3

5:00am Morning wake-up call

5:30am Morning tea

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

12:00nn Lunch at the lodge

4:00pm Afternoon tea

4:30pm Afternoon game drive

7:30pm Return to the lodge

8:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Kapama River Lodge

Day 4

5:00am Morning wake-up call

5:30am Morning tea

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

10:00am Check out and transfer to Hoedspruit Airport

12:00nn Fly (Flight details TBA and subject to change) from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg

1:30pm Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and transfer to hotel

3:00pm Check in at your hotel

Overnight at “54 On Bath” Hotel Johannesburg

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel

11:00am Check out

Your transfer to OR Tambo International Airport will be arranged per your flight details. Luggage storage will be available at the hotel for guests with later flights.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 11:00am. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 5.

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer is in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Kapama: Summer weather is experienced in October through March. Daytime temperatures can reach highs of 42°C (107°F) and lows of 20°C (68°F). This is also the period when the most rain falls, approximately 550mm (21.6 inches) annually. The colder winter months of May through July experience daytime highs around 26°C (79°F) and night time lows of 8°C (46°F). The spring and autumn months represent mid points between the hot and cool seasons.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and lip cream. Anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. For your flights:

CHECKED LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to check-in one piece of luggage at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lbs.) and maximum dimension of 158 cm (62 inches)

? Any piece of luggage exceeding 32 kg (70 lbs.) will not be accepted as baggage and must be checked as cargo at the cargo rate.

HAND LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 8 kg (18 lbs.) and a dimension of 56 cm (22 inches) length, 36 cm (14 inches) width and 23 cm (9 inches) height.

? If the hand luggage does not conform to the size specified, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in counter.

? All hand luggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers.

? Hand luggage must not obstruct the emergency exits or aisles.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least two consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all the visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

54 on Bath Hotel or similar in Johannesburg

Kapama River Lodge in Kapama

Each room at Kapama River Lodge features a full en-suite bathroom and terrace with uninterrupted views of the game reserve. The central guest entertainment areas include a large rim-flow swimming pool with sun umbrellas and recliners. The long L-shaped relaxation lounge and bar under a double-volume thatch curves around the pool. Kapama also features a luxurious wellness center that includes a state-of-the-art gym equipped with cardio and weight-training facilities.

The tables in the Rhino Boma dining area are arranged under a low thatch, and there is a central open area with an outdoor fire that enhances the ambiance at night. Buffet-style meals introduce African flavors with Pan African dishes using fresh local ingredients and specialist dishes featuring venison like kudu and impala.

PLEASE NOTE

? The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Kapama Private Game Reserve.

? Be aware that this is a malaria-risk area and be sure to have taken the necessary medication.

? The rates are also strictly subject to availability of accommodation, transport and other services at the time of reservation.

? While this is a safari area, the animals are wild and sightings cannot be guaranteed.

? The roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game-drive can be bumpy. This program is not recommended for guests with back problems.

• This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers however, the program at the lodge and hotel is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge/hotel staff.

INCLUDES

? 3 nights at Kapama River Lodge on a full-board basis, i.e. all meals, local beverages and two game drives daily, including return HDS Airport to lodge transfers in open game vehicles

? 1 night at the “54 on Bath” Hotel in Johannesburg or similar on a bed-and-breakfast basis

? Transfers in Johannesburg and Cape Town in private vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-systems

? Meet and greet service at Johannesburg / O R Tambo International Airport on Days 1 and 4

? Luggage storage at O.R Tambo Airport from Days 1-4, allowing for 1 piece per person

? Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 2 pieces per person

? Charter flights Cape Town > Johannesburg > Hoedspruit > Johannesburg

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

EXCLUDES

? Any meals and beverages not listed above

? Elephant-back safari

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry

? Visa fees

? Any other services not mentioned above

? Gratuities

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$3,399 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST - Chobe and Victoria Falls

POST - Chobe and Victoria Falls

PLEASE NOTE – This Post Cruise Program ends in Johannesburg and therefore guests need to fly out of Johannesburg, South Africa.

This nonstop adventure presents the unrivalled experience of touring thundering Victoria Falls and venturing into Botswana’s first national park on three game drives to view African’s most iconic wildlife.

DAY 1 – January 6th, 2015

Upon disembarking from the ship in Cape Town, you will be transferred directly to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. Upon arriving there, a representative will assist you with luggage storage and checking in for your connecting flight to Victoria Falls.

Upon arriving in the Victoria Falls airport, another local representative will assist in your transfer to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, where you will enjoy lunch.

Following lunch, you will transfer to Victoria Falls for a guided walking tour. Located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it’s the world’s largest curtain of falling water, based on the falls’ one-mile width and height of 360 feet. What an amazing spectacle to watch as the Zambezi River roars over the edge of a basalt gorge, forming what the locals call Mosi-Oa-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” In November 1885, after seeing the falls for the first time, Scottish explorer and doctor David Livingstone re-named them after Queen Victoria.

Few places are on earth are so mesmerizing, as Victoria Falls rumbles like thunder, spewing clouds of iridescent mist from the seething cauldron below. The mist rises so high at times that it can be seen from more than 12 miles away.

After your tour of the natural phenomenon, you will transfer to the town of Kasane and on to nearby Chobe Marina Lodge for check in. The lodge is located on the Chobe River, not far from the entrance to the Chobe National Park.

The remainder of the day is yours for relaxing or further exploration, with dinner being served in the early evening.

DAY 2 – January 7th, 2015

After an early-morning wake-up call, and coffee or tea in the lobby, you will embark on a morning game drive. This is an ideal time to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the largest concentration of elephants on the African continent.

You may see wildlife including elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo to name a few. Chobe is also home to two antelope that aren’t encountered anywhere else in Botswana, the puku and the Chobe bushbuck. Declared a national park in 1967, Chobe was the first one established in Botswana and now covers more than 4,500 square miles of dry savannah, floodplains, and teak woodlands that are ideal animal habitats.

Returning from your morning safari, a full breakfast will be served, after which you may spend the remainder of the morning however you please. The lodge’s facilities are yours to enjoy.

Following lunch, you will depart on a cruise down the Chobe River. This too is an ideal time for wildlife viewing, and you may see animals coming to the river for water.

Upon returning to the lodge, enjoy more free time before dinner is served and you retire for the evening.

DAY 3 – January 8th, 2015

After an early-morning wake-up call, and coffee or tea in the lobby, you will embark on another morning game drive. As before, what you see depends entirely on the animals, but you can be sure the experience will be extraordinary.

Later, following breakfast at the lodge, you will transfer back to the Victoria Falls Airport (border crossing) and check in for the return flight to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. Upon arriving there, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to the “54 on Bath” Hotel in Johannesburg. The earliest check-in time is 2:00pm, although every effort will be made for your room to be available earlier.

Feel free to spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure, as your only commitment is an evening dinner at the hotel.

DAY 4 – January 9th, 2015

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the “54 on Bath” Hotel.

The latest check-out time is 11:00am, although every effort will be made for your room to be available for longer in case of a late flight. Should you desire it, a day room or an additional night can be requested for an additional fee.

Transfer to OR Tambo International Airport to check in and board your flight.

Land Program Step by Step:

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

Day 1

4:00am Disembark the ship in Cape Town

5:00am Transfer from the port to the airport

7:00am Fly (Flight SA 306) from Cape Town to Johannesburg (subject to change)

10:50am Fly (Flight SA 40) from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls (subject to change)

12:35pm Transfer to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for lunch

3:00pm Transfer to Victoria Falls

3:30pm Tour Victoria Falls

4:30pm Transfer to the Chobe Marina Lodge

6:00pm Check in at the lodge

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at the Chobe Marina Lodge

Day 2

5:00am Early-morning wake-up call

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the Chobe Marina Lodge

12:00pm Lunch at the lodge

3:00pm Game drive

6:00pm Return to the lodge

7:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at the Chobe Marina Lodge

Day 3

5:00am Early-morning wake-up call

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the Chobe Marina Lodge

10:00am Check-out and transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport

1:25pm Fly (Flight SA 41) from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg (subject to change)

3:10pm Transfer to the Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg

5:00pm Check in at the hotel

8:00pm Dinner at hotel

Overnight at the “54 on Bath” Hotel

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel

11:00am Check out

Transfer to the airport based on the time of your departing flight. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 11:00am. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

PLEASE NOTE

? The contents and order of the activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife in the Chobe National Park.

? The roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game drive can be bumpy. This program is not recommended for guests with back problems.

? This is a malaria risk area. Make sure that the necessary medication has been taken. Guests should seek their physicians’ advice regarding malaria precautions and other recommended immunizations. You must begin taking malaria precautions prior to your departure date.

? Bring warm clothing, as the evenings and early mornings are chilly.

? Citizens of the United States do not require visas for Botswana.

? Citizens of the United States and Canada require a visa for Zimbabwe. These can be obtained upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport.

? A Zimbabwe double-entry visa for U.S citizens is $80 per person and payable in cash. Please ensure that you have the correct denominations of U.S. currency available, as change will not be given. Canadian citizens can only obtain a single-entry visa, which is $75 dollars per entry. This visa will need to be purchased on each entry.

? Please note that the above information regarding visas is current and is subject to change should the Zimbabwe Government and Customs implement new rules and tariffs. Two clear pages are required in your passport per entry into South Africa and Zimbabwe.

? Guests should consult the embassy to obtain the latest visa regulations.

? The water levels at Victoria Falls are season dependent. This time of year is low season.

• This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers and you will have a guide at Victoria Falls, however, the program at the lodge and hotel is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge/hotel staff.

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and lip creams. Anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

The monetary unit of Botswana is the Pula (P), which is divided into 100 thebe. Notes are in P5, P10, P20, P50 and P100. Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 (thebe) and P1 & P2. However, US Dollars are accepted throughout Botswana at all lodges.

Credit cards:

Most international hotels accept most standard credit cards as a payment for your “extras” account.

As a general rule, we would suggest that you allow sufficient local currency to cover the cost of any additional service at hotels, as many of the small lodges and game lodges do not have credit card facilities. MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted, with more limited use placed on American Express and Diners Card.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Botswana’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels and lodges and camps have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms. If you bring electric appliances, take along an international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plugs.

Outlets in Botswana require a three-pronged adapter plug with 3 round prongs.

Adapters can be brought from home as not all will be provided.

Be aware, however, that overnight recharging may not be possible where generator use restricts the availability of electricity.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach.

For your flight:

CHECKED LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to check-in one piece of luggage at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lbs.) and maximum dimension of 158 cm (62 inches)

? Any piece of luggage exceeding 32 kg (70 lbs.) will not be accepted as baggage and must be checked as cargo at the cargo rate.

? Any additional luggage not being taken on the trip will be stored in Johannesburg from Days 1 – 3

HAND LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 8 kg (18 lbs.) and a dimension of 56 cm (22 inches) length, 36 cm (14 inches) width and 23 cm (9 inches) height.

? If the hand luggage does not conform to the size specified, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in counter.

? All hand luggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers.

? Hand luggage must not obstruct the emergency exits or aisles.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least two consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all the visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

“54 on Bath” Hotel in Johannesburg or similar

Chobe Marina Lodge

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

? 1 night at the “54 on Bath” Hotel or similar

? Dinner at the 54 on Bath, including 2 local drinks per person (beer, house wine, soft drink or water) and gratuity

? 2 nights at the Chobe Marina Lodge or similar, including all meals, two game activities daily, and two local drinks per person at meal times

? Meet and Greet service at Johannesburg / O R Tambo International Airport on Days 1 & 3

? Transfers in luxury air-conditioned vehicles

? Registered English-speaking tour guide on transfers in Cape Town and Johannesburg

? Lunch at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, including 2 local drinks per person

? Tour of Victoria Falls, including entrance fees to the Falls National Park

? Luggage storage in Johannesburg from Days 1 – 3 of additional bags not accompanying you on the trip

? Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 2 pieces per person

? One mineral water per person on transfers

? Scheduled flights in economy class

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided

PROGRAM EXCLUDES:

? Any other meals not listed in the program

? All other beverages, including premium-brand drinks at Chobe Marina Lodge

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry

? Gratuities

? Any other services not mentioned above

Airline information for flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg and Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and back (subject to change):

SA 306 Y 07JAN CPTJNB HS1 0700 0900

SA 40 Y 07JAN JNBVFA HS1 1050 1235

SA 41 Y 09JAN VFAJNB HS1 1325 1510

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as caps, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$3,299 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST - CAPE TOWN AND WINELANDS

$1,499 Per Guest



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