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10 Day 5 Star Safari

  • Search for lions & elephants in South Africa
  • Stay in 5-star luxury at Sebatana Lion Lodge
Includes Return International Flights

Get ready for the wildlife experience of a lifetime with this 10 day safari trip to South Africa. With seven nights accommodation at the 5-star Sebatana Lion Lodge and delicious buffet meals during your stay, you'll enjoy all the creature comforts while also having prime access to the Sebatana Private Game Reserve - giving you the ultimate opportunity to see lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, leopards, wildebeest, kudus, sable antelopes, warthogs, hyenas, ostrich and so many more animals, along with native birds and plants.

Enjoy up to five game drives with qualified rangers; spot wildlife at Christina's Wallow hide, overlooking a watering hole; take in the incredible landscape while enjoying a champagne brunch; tour Pretoria, Soweto and visit Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum. Just be sure to pack your camera - you're going to need it!

Your trip includes return international flights, seven nights accommodation, 22 meals, qualified safari field rangers and so much more.

Hoping to explore Cape Town? Opt for the 14 Day tour with Cape Town extension, which gives you the opportunity to explore this beautiful city.

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart from Auckland for Johannesburg, South Africa (via Perth, Australia)! Fly with South African Airways. Please note: Due to limited flight availability between New Zealand and South Africa, New Zealand travellers can expect a layover of up to 9 hours in Perth and are welcome to leave the airport for some sightseeing during this time, or make use of a lounge pass at an additional cost.


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival into Johannesburg Airport early this morning, you will be met and transferred to the nearby city of Pretoria, where you will pick up some other guests, then enjoy a city sightseeing tour. Afterwards, continue through the South African countryside to Sebatana Private Reserve and the 5 star Sebatana Lion Lodge (approx. 3 hours) arriving just before lunch. Enjoy lunch, then get settled in the pristine surroundings of the safari lodge.

In the early evening, your hosts at Sebatana Lion Lodge will serve a refreshing cocktail and afterwards there will be a briefing regarding your upcoming stay. You will be instructed in how to respectfully live in the bush and which precautions to be aware of. Following the manager’s reception and briefing, dinner will be served in the restaurant.

Please note, all additional purchases at Sebatana Lion Lodge will be charged in euro, and Sebatana Lodge does not accept cash payments. All additional purchases will be charged to your room, and can be paid at the end of your stay by credit card only.

Sebatana Lion Lodge - Sebatana Private Reserve
Overlooking the river, Sebatana Lion Lodge is perfectly situated for animal sightings, and the perfect base for all activities offered during your stay at Sebatana. Facilities include a restaurant, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, swimming pool, hot tub, sun deck, bar, souvenir shop, Wi-Fi, and a wildlife museum. All guests are accommodated in one of 14 individual bungalows. Each have an air conditioned bedroom, en-suite bathroom, luxurious interior design with a private balcony overlooking a river.

Overnight: Sebatana Lion Lodge, Sebatana Private Reserve
Meals included: Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, head out on a drive in an open air Land Cruiser to a picturesque setting in the middle of the bush where the guides will give a wildlife talk in regards to which species of animals, birds and plants you will hopefully find throughout the upcoming week. Sebatana Private Reserve is home to all sorts of wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, kudus, sable antelopes, warthogs, crocodiles, hyenas, leopards, baboons, wild dogs, blesbucks, elands, impalas, ostrich and much more. Please note, although Sebatana is home to many amazing and diverse animals, elephants, buffalo and lions are not found in the reserve. Not to worry, though, as you will have the opportunity to look for these animals on your included game drive to Welgewonden Game Reserve tomorrow. The guide will also explain the area’s history and what types of scenery to expect within the Sebatana Private Reserve. After the wildlife talk, head back to the lodge where you will visit the museum and wine cellar before having lunch.

After lunch and some relaxation, the guides will pick you up in one of the Land Cruisers for your first game drive that will take you to Christina’s Wallow, or rather some of the way. To have the least amount of impact on the wildlife, you will make some of the way there by foot. Christina’s Wallow is a hide where you will have a direct view of a watering hole which is used by many different species of animals, such as meerkats, giraffes, impalas, wildebeest, etc. Make sure to have your camera ready in the hope of some magical wildlife viewing. After about 45 minutes of observation from the hide, you will continue the safari before returning to the lodge. Before dinner, the bar manager will invite guests for a happy hour in the bar where there will also be a free wine tasting of the wine recommended for the evening's dinner.

Overnight: Sebatana Lion Lodge, Sebatana Private Reserve
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today is a chance to search for more wildlife in the beautiful African bush. You will be exploring one of the largest and most diverse private reserves in South Africa, Welgewonden Game Reserve, in open-top Toyota Landcruisers with more than 40,000 hectares of wildlife and rich, beautiful surroundings (approx. 1 hour drive from Sebatana Lion Lodge). This reserve is in one of the few UNESCO protected areas in the world, and in itself an amazing experience with breathtaking landscapes. Here you will have the opportunity to find more than 50 different mammals including Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo. You may also have the chance to encounter some of the more unique animals such as the Brown Hyena, Cheetah, Wild Dogs, Earth Wolf and more than 300 different kind of birds. As Welgewonden is a private reserve, there are extensive restrictions to how many guests that can visit the area on a daily basis, ensuring clients an exclusive and intimate experience with nature and wildlife in perfect balance. It does not get more authentic that this. Return to the lodge in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon/evening at leisure. Alternatively you can take part in an optional Night Safari Game Drive (not included).

Optional Activity: Night Safari Game Drive - €65 (approx. $110 NZD) per person
At dusk, when the sun sets over the African bush, depart the lodge. A spectacular experience to witness how the bush changes and how a completely different animal kingdom emerges. The night safari game drive takes place in open Land Cruisers, where the rangers use powerful spotlights. You must use all your senses, in particular your eyes and ears, as suddenly the spotlight will detect a pair of eyes reflected in the light. This is an intense experience and something you should not miss out on. During the safari you will stop at “Flintstone Cave”, where the chef has prepared a lovely three course dinner and beautiful tables have been set for you.

Overnight: Sebatana Lion Lodge, Sebatana Private Reserve
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Following breakfast, head out for a guided walk on a nearby walking trail. After a couple of hours return to the lodge for a bit of relaxation and a well deserved lunch. In the mid-afternoon you will head out on another amazing safari in the reserve where you will have another chance to try find and observe your favourite animals. This evening will be free at leisure, alternatively take part in the optional Tribal Evening & Dinner (not included)

Optional Activity: Tribal Evening & Dinner - €49 (approx. $82 NZD) per person
A private dinner, which gives you the opportunity to experience how the indigenous population once lived, and sometimes still do. The local culture and lifestyle is in many ways incredibly exciting, and you will be able to taste their unique food and beverages. You will also be introduced to some of their customs and traditions. The indigenous population often expresses themselves through song and dance. Tonight children and young adults come and entertain with dances and old traditions they proudly retain despite the colonial attempt to “change” them. The dancers who come to entertain you, are all part of a heritage foundation, which works to preserve the local traditions and culture.

Overnight: Sebatana Lion Lodge, Sebatana Private Reserve
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today is free at leisure, or alternatively you can take part in a full day game drive to Pilanesberg National Park (not included). Before tonight's dinner the guides will invite guests for a cocktail in the Rhino Bar and there will again be free wine tasting of the wine recommended for this evening's dinner.

Optional Activity: Full Day Pilanesberg National Park Game Drive - €145 (approx. $242 NZD) per person
Pilanesberg National Park, the third largest in South Africa, is a 3 hour drive from Sebatana Lion Lodge. Pilanesberg covers an area of approx. 55,000 hectares. Upon arrival in the park, board the open safari vehicles and drive through the massive area while your guide shares their knowledge of the various wildlife. Pilanesberg National Park is a beautiful area that is situated in a volcanic landscape, its impressive mountain formations and open plains is home to a wide range of antelopes and one of the world’s largest populations of the endangered white rhino. Pilanesberg offers – Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhinoceros and Leopard – in addition to Giraffes, Hippopotami, Cheetahs, 300 species of birds and so much more.

Overnight: Sebatana Lion Lodge, Sebatana Private Reserve
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning, immediately following sunrise, leave the lodge and begin your safari. The best chance at spotting wildlife up close is during the early morning hours. The antelopes move through large areas to find the best browsing, but also to find the best protection against leopards, hyenas, caracals and other predators. Drive around in an open Land Cruiser, which ensures the best possible view and photo opportunities. Later in the morning, when hunger arises, end your safari at Kudu Rock. Here there will be a wonderful, traditional and lavish African Champagne Brunch, which you may eat whilst you enjoy the magnificent view of the African bush. Afterwards, return to the lodge, where you will have the opportunity to relax and reflect on the many impressions garnered throughout the morning and previous days.

The afternoon offers a possibility to take individual walking tours following suggested route itineraries on the reserve. Before dinner the bar manager will once again be ready for a happy hour in the bar and offering the free wine tasting of the wine recommended for this evening's dinner.

Overnight: Sebatana Lion Lodge, Sebatana Private Reserve
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning is free at leisure; alternatively, you can take part in a Half Day Safari Game Drive (not included). In the mid-afternoon you will enjoy another amazing safari which will end at Sunset Rock. This is where you will enjoy a glass of chilled champagne, while the sun slowly sets over the Waterberg Mountains in a cascade of red and orange colours. Right here in the middle of the grandiose African landscape, at a time of unending beauty, you will feel as if no time is passing – and wish it never would. This is truly the epitome of overwhelming happiness, the African way. Following sunset, return to the lodge where the chefs are ready with yet another feast.

Optional Activity: Half Day Welgewonden Game Reserve Safari Game Drive- €125 (approx. $210 NZD) per person
Enjoy another half day safari game drive in Welgewonden Game Reserve in open-top Toyota Landcruisers, allowing for further opportunities to find Africa’s most attractive species such as the elephant, lion and buffalo in their natural element.

Overnight: Sebatana Lion Lodge, Sebatana Private Reserve
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Following breakfast, you will depart for Johannesburg. Upon arrival, you will visit the Apartheid Museum, which was inaugurated as the first of its kind in 2001. The museum gives you an emotional insight into how the indigenous South African population, from 1948 until the final abolition of apartheid in 1994, lived an unimaginable existence.

Afterwards you will visit the South Western Townships - ‘Soweto’. Only 15km from the Johannesburg city centre this both famous and infamous neighbourhood covers an acreage of just 63km2. It’s estimated that approx. 4 million people reside in this small area. You will also make a stop at the famous Hector Pieterson Memorial, where you can usually buy some souvenirs at the local crafts market.

Continue onto Johannesburg, where while driving through the city, you cannot help but feel the pulse of what characterises South Africa’s largest metropolis. An economic and industrial focal point, where little over 120 years ago there was nothing but untouched savannah. Today it’s the predominant economic centre of South Africa. A lunch of sandwiches and snacks will be provided during today's touring. Early this evening you will arrive at Johannesburg Airport for your return flight back home to New Zealand.

Please note: Due to limited flight availability between South Africa and New Zealand, New Zealand travellers can expect a layover of up to 8 hours in Perth and are welcome to leave the airport for some sightseeing during this time, or make use of a lounge pass at an additional cost.


Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;In-Flight

Itinerary - 2

Today depart from Auckland for Johannesburg, South Africa (via Perth, Australia)! Fly with South African Airways. Please note: Due to limited flight availability between New Zealand and South Africa, New Zealand travellers can expect a layover of up to 9 hours in Perth and are welcome to leave the airport for some sightseeing during this time, or make use of a lounge pass at an additional cost.


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival into Johannesburg Airport early this morning, you will be met and transferred to the nearby city of Pretoria, where you will pick up some other guests, then enjoy a city sightseeing tour. Afterwards, continue through the South African countryside to Sebatana Private Reserve and the 5 star Sebatana Lion Lodge (approx. 3 hours) arriving just before lunch. Enjoy lunch, then get settled in the pristine surroundings of the safari lodge.

In the early evening, your hosts at Sebatana Lion Lodge will serve a refreshing cocktail and afterwards there will be a briefing regarding your upcoming stay. You will be instructed in how to respectfully live in the bush and which precautions to be aware of. Following the manager’s reception and briefing, dinner will be served in the restaurant.

Please note, all additional purchases at Sebatana Lion Lodge will be charged in euro, and Sebatana Lodge does not accept cash payments. All additional purchases will be charged to your room, and can be paid at the end of your stay by credit card only.

Sebatana Lion Lodge - Sebatana Private Reserve
Overlooking the river, Sebatana Lion Lodge is perfectly situated for animal sightings, and the perfect base for all activities offered during your stay at Sebatana. Facilities include a restaurant, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, swimming pool, hot tub, sun deck, bar, souvenir shop, Wi-Fi, and a wildlife museum. All guests are accommodated in one of 14 individual bungalows. Each have an air conditioned bedroom, en-suite bathroom, luxurious interior design with a private balcony overlooking a river.

Overnight: Sebatana Lion Lodge, Sebatana Private Reserve
Meals included: Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, head out on a drive in an open air Land Cruiser to a picturesque setting in the middle of the bush where the guides will give a wildlife talk in regards to which species of animals, birds and plants you will hopefully find throughout the upcoming week. Sebatana Private Reserve is home to all sorts of wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, kudus, sable antelopes, warthogs, crocodiles, hyenas, leopards, baboons, wild dogs, blesbucks, elands, impalas, ostrich and much more. Please note, although Sebatana is home to many amazing and diverse animals, elephants, buffalo and lions are not found in the reserve. Not to worry, though, as you will have the opportunity to look for these animals on your included game drive to Welgewonden Game Reserve tomorrow. The guide will also explain the area’s history and what types of scenery to expect within the Sebatana Private Reserve. After the wildlife talk, head back to the lodge where you will visit the museum and wine cellar before having lunch.

After lunch and some relaxation, the guides will pick you up in one of the Land Cruisers for your first game drive that will take you to Christina’s Wallow, or rather some of the way. To have the least amount of impact on the wildlife, you will make some of the way there by foot. Christina’s Wallow is a hide where you will have a direct view of a watering hole which is used by many different species of animals, such as meerkats, giraffes, impalas, wildebeest, etc. Make sure to have your camera ready in the hope of some magical wildlife viewing. After about 45 minutes of observation from the hide, you will continue the safari before returning to the lodge. Before dinner, the bar manager will invite guests for a happy hour in the bar where there will also be a free wine tasting of the wine recommended for the evening's dinner.

Overnight: Sebatana Lion Lodge, Sebatana Private Reserve
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today is a chance to search for more wildlife in the beautiful African bush. You will be exploring one of the largest and most diverse private reserves in South Africa, Welgewonden Game Reserve, in open-top Toyota Landcruisers with more than 40,000 hectares of wildlife and rich, beautiful surroundings (approx. 1 hour drive from Sebatana Lion Lodge). This reserve is in one of the few UNESCO protected areas in the world, and in itself an amazing experience with breathtaking landscapes. Here you will have the opportunity to find more than 50 different mammals including Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo. You may also have the chance to encounter some of the more unique animals such as the Brown Hyena, Cheetah, Wild Dogs, Earth Wolf and more than 300 different kind of birds. As Welgewonden is a private reserve, there are extensive restrictions to how many guests that can visit the area on a daily basis, ensuring clients an exclusive and intimate experience with nature and wildlife in perfect balance. It does not get more authentic that this. Return to the lodge in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon/evening at leisure. Alternatively you can take part in an optional Night Safari Game Drive (not included).

Optional Activity: Night Safari Game Drive - €65 (approx. $110 NZD) per person
At dusk, when the sun sets over the African bush, depart the lodge. A spectacular experience to witness how the bush changes and how a completely different animal kingdom emerges. The night safari game drive takes place in open Land Cruisers, where the rangers use powerful spotlights. You must use all your senses, in particular your eyes and ears, as suddenly the spotlight will detect a pair of eyes reflected in the light. This is an intense experience and something you should not miss out on. During the safari you will stop at “Flintstone Cave”, where the chef has prepared a lovely three course dinner and beautiful tables have been set for you.

Overnight: Sebatana Lion Lodge, Sebatana Private Reserve
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Following breakfast, head out for a guided walk on a nearby walking trail. After a couple of hours return to the lodge for a bit of relaxation and a well deserved lunch. In the mid-afternoon you will head out on another amazing safari in the reserve where you will have another chance to try find and observe your favourite animals. This evening will be free at leisure, alternatively take part in the optional Tribal Evening & Dinner (not included)

Optional Activity: Tribal Evening & Dinner - €49 (approx. $82 NZD) per person
A private dinner, which gives you the opportunity to experience how the indigenous population once lived, and sometimes still do. The local culture and lifestyle is in many ways incredibly exciting, and you will be able to taste their unique food and beverages. You will also be introduced to some of their customs and traditions. The indigenous population often expresses themselves through song and dance. Tonight children and young adults come and entertain with dances and old traditions they proudly retain despite the colonial attempt to “change” them. The dancers who come to entertain you, are all part of a heritage foundation, which works to preserve the local traditions and culture.

Overnight: Sebatana Lion Lodge, Sebatana Private Reserve
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today is free at leisure, or alternatively you can take part in a full day game drive to Pilanesberg National Park (not included). Before tonight's dinner the guides will invite guests for a cocktail in the Rhino Bar and there will again be free wine tasting of the wine recommended for this evening's dinner.

Optional Activity: Full Day Pilanesberg National Park Game Drive - €145 (approx. $242 NZD) per person
Pilanesberg National Park, the third largest in South Africa, is a 3 hour drive from Sebatana Lion Lodge. Pilanesberg covers an area of approx. 55,000 hectares. Upon arrival in the park, board the open safari vehicles and drive through the massive area while your guide shares their knowledge of the various wildlife. Pilanesberg National Park is a beautiful area that is situated in a volcanic landscape, its impressive mountain formations and open plains is home to a wide range of antelopes and one of the world’s largest populations of the endangered white rhino. Pilanesberg offers – Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhinoceros and Leopard – in addition to Giraffes, Hippopotami, Cheetahs, 300 species of birds and so much more.

Overnight: Sebatana Lion Lodge, Sebatana Private Reserve
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning, immediately following sunrise, leave the lodge and begin your safari. The best chance at spotting wildlife up close is during the early morning hours. The antelopes move through large areas to find the best browsing, but also to find the best protection against leopards, hyenas, caracals and other predators. Drive around in an open Land Cruiser, which ensures the best possible view and photo opportunities. Later in the morning, when hunger arises, end your safari at Kudu Rock. Here there will be a wonderful, traditional and lavish African Champagne Brunch, which you may eat whilst you enjoy the magnificent view of the African bush. Afterwards, return to the lodge, where you will have the opportunity to relax and reflect on the many impressions garnered throughout the morning and previous days.

The afternoon offers a possibility to take individual walking tours following suggested route itineraries on the reserve. Before dinner the bar manager will once again be ready for a happy hour in the bar and offering the free wine tasting of the wine recommended for this evening's dinner.

Overnight: Sebatana Lion Lodge, Sebatana Private Reserve
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning is free at leisure; alternatively, you can take part in a Half Day Safari Game Drive (not included). In the mid-afternoon you will enjoy another amazing safari which will end at Sunset Rock. This is where you will enjoy a glass of chilled champagne, while the sun slowly sets over the Waterberg Mountains in a cascade of red and orange colours. Right here in the middle of the grandiose African landscape, at a time of unending beauty, you will feel as if no time is passing – and wish it never would. This is truly the epitome of overwhelming happiness, the African way. Following sunset, return to the lodge where the chefs are ready with yet another feast.

Optional Activity: Half Day Welgewonden Game Reserve Safari Game Drive- €125 (approx. $210 NZD) per person
Enjoy another half day safari game drive in Welgewonden Game Reserve in open-top Toyota Landcruisers, allowing for further opportunities to find Africa’s most attractive species such as the elephant, lion and buffalo in their natural element.

Overnight: Sebatana Lion Lodge, Sebatana Private Reserve
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Following breakfast, you will depart for Johannesburg. Upon arrival, you will visit the Apartheid Museum, which was inaugurated as the first of its kind in 2001. The museum gives you an emotional insight into how the indigenous South African population, from 1948 until the final abolition of apartheid in 1994, lived an unimaginable existence.

Afterwards you will visit the South Western Townships - ‘Soweto’. Only 15km from the Johannesburg city centre this both famous and infamous neighbourhood covers an acreage of just 63km2. It’s estimated that approx. 4 million people reside in this small area. You will also make a stop at the famous Hector Pieterson Memorial, where you can usually buy some souvenirs at the local crafts market.

Continue onto Johannesburg, where while driving through the city, you cannot help but feel the pulse of what characterises South Africa’s largest metropolis. An economic and industrial focal point, where little over 120 years ago there was nothing but untouched savannah. Today it’s the predominant economic centre of South Africa. A lunch of sandwiches and snacks will be provided during today's touring. Early this evening, you will arrive at Johannesburg Airport where you will catch a flight onwards to the iconic and remarkably beautiful city of Cape Town. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Cape Milner Hotel or similar, Cape Town
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast, enjoy a half day Cape Town city tour. Including all the 'must-sees' of any Cape Town day tour, this introduction is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. End the tour by taking an optional ride on the cable car up Table Mountain (the ticket is not included as it is weather dependent).

Overnight: Cape Milner Hotel or similar, Cape Town
Meals included: Breakfast

This awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point encompasses magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world's most scenic areas and stretches from the city centre all the way to Cape Point. In Simon's Town you will stop for the chance to see penguins and to have lunch (not included). On the way back you will also visit the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Note: The drive via Chapman's Peak is subject to the road being open. Ou Kaapse Weg (mountain pass in Cape Town) will be used as an alternative route when necessary.

Overnight: Cape Milner Hotel or similar, Cape Town
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is free at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Cape Town. Alternatively, you can take part in an optional activity (not included).

Optional Activity: Cape Winelands Full Day Tour - $130 NZD per person
This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Head off to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa’s wine industry, Stellenbosch, boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, we are truly spoilt for choice when we enjoy our first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate or similar. Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived.

Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style. We enjoy a wine tasting before taking time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (lunch not included in cost). Onward to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. The last stop for the day is at a wine estate on the Paarl wine route. Return to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotel early evening. Includes: All transportation, 3 wine tastings, English Speaking Guide

Overnight: Cape Milner Hotel or similar, Cape Town
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a morning at leisure before transferring to the airport this afternoon for your return flight back to New Zealand.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • See the highlights of Pretoria on a sightseeing tour
  • Stay in a 5 star safari lodge perfectly situated for animal sightings
  • Experience the exclusivity of staying in a private reserve
  • Enjoy a cocktail at a welcome reception
  • Take an orientation drive in an open 4x4 through picturesque scenery
  • Enjoy up to 4 game drives within Sebatana Private Reserve
  • Enjoy 1 game drive in Welgewonden Game Reserve
  • Search for lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards, zebras and more
  • Look for wildlife at Christina’s Wallow hide, overlooking a watering hole
  • Opportunity to take part in additional game drives (extra cost) to neighbouring reserves in search of lion, elephant & buffalo
  • Learn about the local area at a wildlife museum
  • Visit the lodge wine cellar and enjoy a wine tasting before dinner
  • Enjoy 1 day at leisure to enjoy the lodges’ amazing facilities
  • Learn about the local area and wildlife on a guided trail walk
  • Witness the magnificent landscape while enjoying a Champagne brunch
  • Enjoy a self guided walk in the reserve
  • Sip champagne as the sun sets over the Waterberg Mountains
  • Visit the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Johannesburg’s Soweto area
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex AKL
  • 7 nights at the 5 star Sebatana Lion Lodge in Sebatana Private Game Reserve
  • Enjoy 22 meals including a champagne brunch in the wilderness
  • Indulge in delicious buffet meals at Sebatana Lion Lodge
  • Qualified safari field rangers and trackers
  • English-speaking guides
  • Airport taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Transportation by open air 4x4 vehicles (safari drives)
  • Return airport transfers
All of the above, plus the following:
  • 1x internal flight (economy class) from Johannesburg to Cape Town
  • 4 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy 4 additional meals
  • Explore Cape Town on a half day guided city tour
  • Experience a full day Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Explore the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
  • Visit Cape Nature Reserve and Simon’s Town Penguin Colony
  • Relax with a day at leisure in Cape Town

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase .

Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.

On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: All additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 3rd September 2019.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
- 10 Day Package: $1650
- 14 Day Package: $2500
 
Departure Dates (2019)
April: 30
May: 7, 14, 21, 28
June: 4, 11, 18, 25
August: 6, 13, 20, 27
September: 10
September: 3 (SOLD OUT)
 
Departure Cities
Auckland


Full Service Airline(s) Used
South African Airways plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).
 
Please note: One-way flights cannot be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.
 
Arrive early in Johannesburg, South Africa
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates apply between: 4th – 20th April 2019 / 20th June – 17th July 2019 /20th September – 13th October 2019
 
Stay behind in Johannesburg, South Africa (or Cape Town, South Africa if on extension package)
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates apply between: 4th – 20th April 2019 / 20th June – 17th July 2019 /20th September – 13th October 2019
- Stay behind in Cape Town, South Africa is available on the extension package only, and must be booked with your travel consultant.
 
Stopover Packages
Not available.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available.
- Business Class (International sectors only): Buy now for $4799 per person
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights, Trans-Tasman, and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.


Accommodation Used
10 Day Package
5 Star (self-rated)
- Sebatana Private Reserve: Sebatana Lion Lodge
 
14 Day Package
4 Star (self-rated)
- Cape Town: Cape Milner Hotel or similar
Please note: Rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.
 
Extra Nights
Not available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for all ages.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability. 
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
2 x single or 1 x double (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotel's discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 50 per vehicle (return bus transfer from Johannesburg Airport to Sebatana Lion Lodge). 
 
For all other game drives and tours the maximum group size per vehicle will be 16.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
- Day 4: Night Safari Game Drive - €65 (approx. $110 NZD)
- Day 5: Tribal Evening & Dinner - €49 (approx. $82 NZD) 
- Day 6: Full Day Pilanesberg National Park Game Drive - €145 (approx. $242 NZD)
- Day 8: Half Day Welgewonden Game Reserve Safari Game Drive - €125 (approx. $210 NZD)
 
Optional Activity Bundle Package - €300 (approx. $500 NZD)
- 1x Half Day Welgewonden Game Reserve Safari Game Drive (Day 8)
- 1x Night Safari Game Drive
- 1x Tribal Evening & Dinner
- 1x Full Day Pilanesberg National Park Game Drive
Please note:
- Prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified.
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
 
Optional Tours / Activities (14 Day Package only)
- Day 12: Cape Winelands Full Day Tour: $130 NZD
Please note:
- Prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability) 
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.


- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa for South Africa is a strict requirement if travelling on a New Zealand Passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: €3-5 Euro per person per day at Sebatana Lion Lodge
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Johannesburg Area
Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau, and has a subtropical highland climate. The city enjoys a sunny climate, with the summer months (October to April) characterised by hot days followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings, and the winter months (May to September) by dry, sunny days followed by cold nights. Temperatures in Johannesburg are usually fairly mild due to the city's high elevation, with an average maximum daytime temperature in January of 25.6°C, dropping to an average maximum of around 16°C in June. The UV index for Johannesburg in summers is extreme, often reaching 14-16 due to the high elevation and proximity to the equator.
 
Cape Town (Extension Package Only)
Cape Town has a Mediterranean-style climate: wet and cool winters, dry and warm summers. The annual average temperature in Cape Town is a delightful 17°C.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals :
22 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: A basic level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is €3-5 per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour. 
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved.  If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
 
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


New Zealanders travelling to South Africa should be aware that from 16 January 2017, all New Zealand passport holders will be required to obtain an entry visa prior to travelling to South Africa. New Zealanders arriving in South Africa on or after 16 January 2017 should ensure they have the correct visa.
 
The South African High Commission in Wellington has provided information on the visa application process here: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/sites/default/files/0675_001.pdf
 
New Zealanders requiring further information regarding the new visa requirements and the application process should contact the South African High Commission in Wellington or the South Africa Department of Home Affairs.
 
Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 3 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not New Zealand citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Post-Purchase Change
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
- $50 NZD per change request post-purchase + any additional charges applied by the travel partners associated with the order.
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