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Best Of South Africa With Capital Public Radio

April 8 – 19, 2016

  

Kick Africa off your bucket list with Rick Eytcheson, President and General Manager of Capital Public Radio, and prepare for an experience of a lifetime to a destination unlike any other. On this small group Capital Public Radio Travel Club expedition to South Africa, you’ll enjoy the stunning beauty of Cape Town, a breathtaking cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain and the biodiversity and landscape of the Cape of Good Hope.

A special visit to Mandela’s prison on Robben Island and a musical event featuring the music of South Africa have been reserved for you. In addition you’ll sip fine wines in South Africa’s premier vineyards and stroll through artsy colonial villages. Your journey culminates at a safari lodge where you’ll ride in an open 4X4 Jeep into the African bush to view lions, giraffes, rhinos, elephants and more!

For those wishing to break up the long flight, a stopover in Dakar, Senegal is being offered. A posttour adventure to Botswana and Victoria Falls is also available. Don’t miss out! Join friends of Capital Public Radio and escape the cold winter days for sunny South Africa!

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JOURNEY OVERVIEW

  • 1 Overnight flight to Cape Town, South Africa
  • 3 Nights historic Cape Town
  • 2 Nights Stellenbosch, Wine Country
  • 3 Nights Safari Lodge
  • 1 Overnight flight to the USA
  • 2 Night post tour option to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or travel on to Botswana!
  • 5 Night post tour option to Chobe National Park, Botswana (home to the planet’s largest elephant population)

EXPEDTION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cape of Good Hope Nature Preserve, one of the world’s biodiversity hot spots
  • A musical event featuring the music of South Africa
  • A visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Stunning views from the top of Table Mountain
  • A tour of Nelson Mandela’s prison at Robben Island with a former prisoner
  • Spectacular vineyard-covered valleys and tastings with the wine producers
  • Two nights at a winery near the colonial Dutch town of Stellenbosch
  • Visits to lush, colorful gardens
  • A special Cape Malay dinner
  • A ferry ride to Robben Island and the District Six Museum in Cape Town
  • Four game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicle with expert fame trackers
  • Intimate viewings of lions, giraffes, hippos, rhinos, elephants and more!
  • Soweto tour, including the homes of Desmond Tutu & Nelson Mandela

IT'S INCLUDED

  • With Capital Public Radio host Rick Eytcheson, General Manager & Director of Capital Public Radio
  • Guided by Earthbound Expedition founder Matthew Brumley
  • Accompanied by expert local guides
  • Roundtrip international airfare from San Francisco on South African Airlines
  • Roundtrip domestic flights while in South Africa (Cape Town to Johannesburg)
  • All services as specified in your WPR Travel Club itinerary
  • All breakfasts & 12 additional multi-course meals (not including in-flight meals)
  • Accommodation in superior four- and five-star hotels and lodges
  • Transportation in luxury air-conditioned vehicles including qualified drivers
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary led by an expert South African guide
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated
  • Gratuities for your drivers and guides for base trip (excluding all park rangers and hotel staff)
  • Country, city maps and a video and reading list
  • An informational pre-trip gathering

TRIP FACTS

  • 11 Days/10 Nights (with air travel)
  • $6,595 per person double occupancy (w/air from San Francisco)
  • $945 Single Supplement
  • Trip departs San Francisco on Saturday, April 8, 2016
  • Trip returns to the USA on April 19
  • Post tour to Victoria Falls returns to the USA on April 21
  • Post tour to Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park returns on April 24

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"Earthbound Expeditions' South African tour was the best trip we've ever taken. It had everything: gorgeous settings, including sea coast, city, mountain, vineyard, waterfalls and rivers and safari lands, great hotels and lodges. We also enjoyed delicious food, South African music and, of course, wild animals. Matthew brought us close to the people and culture of South Africa, connecting us to Robben Island, local markets, teachers and children in schools in Soweto and Botswana and excellent host guides. We had a ball! If you're on the fence about this trip, my advice is -- just do it! Do the whole trip! You'll be happy you did."
- Former African traveler, Diane Sorensen

Your Capital Public Radio Adventure begins…

Friday, April 8 - Day 1: Group Departs for Sunny South Africa
Group flight departs San Francisco on Friday, April 8, for Cape Town, South Africa.


Sunday, April 10 - Day 2: Arrive in Cape Town
On arrival at Johannesburg’s airport, collect your luggage and clear Customs & Immigration. You will be met and assisted to the Domestic Terminal for your flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival in Cape Town this evening you will be met by an Earthbound Expeditions representative who will assist and transfer you by private coach to your hotel.


Sleep in Cape Town at the Commodore Hotel - Your home away from home - The Commodore Hotel is a 5-star hotel situated in the heart of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town’s center of activity, with a variety of stores, restaurants and bars. The hotel offers superb service and excellent cuisine in a secure, friendly environment and most rooms have wonderful views of Table Mountain, Table Bay, Signal Hill and Robben Island. The Clipper Restaurant offers superb dining in a tranquil setting, from a mouthwatering buffet breakfast to a diverse à la Carte menu and exquisite desserts. Alternatively, relax to the nostalgic melodies played by the piano man over a light meal or high tea at The Admiralty Lounge. For comfort, convenience and 5-star luxury, there is no better base in this beautiful city.

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- Nelson Mandela

 

Monday, April 11 - Day 3: Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula - Today you’ll discover the inspiring beauty of both Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope. The excursion starts early with a trip up Table Mountain in a cable car (weather permitting), which is famous for its spectacular views and unique flora and fauna.

After making your descent, enjoy a scenic drive along the coast to the Cape Peninsula. See for yourself how this spectacular southern tip of Africa became known as the 'Fairest Cape.'

We’ll drive past the pristine beaches of Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno - currently the hottest real estate in the world - to Hout Bay, a functioning harbor and heart of the local crayfish industry. From the harbor of Hout Bay to the rocky coastline and Chapman’s Peak, there are magnificent views of the sandy bays below. The combination of steep, almost thrilling rocky inclines, shimmering blue waters and expansive skies simply take the breath away.

After a stop for lunch, it's on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where we have a funicular ride to the scenic viewing point of where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans’ currents meet. The spectacular sea and mountain views are reason enough to make the 41 mile trip from Cape Town. Amid the rocky landscape - home to mountain zebra, eland and ostriches - blooms magnificent Cape flora.

Continuing along the coastline we arrive at beautiful Boulders Beach where you can sit among a colony of penguins. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy an evening dinner together. Sleep in Cape Town at the Commodore Hotel (B, L, D)

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Tuesday, April 12 - Day 4: Infamous Robben Island and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - From your hotel it’s a short walk to the jetty at the V&A Waterfront where you will board the ferry for notorious Robben Island. For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, 12 kilometers from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society.

During the apartheid years, Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. Robben Island came to symbolize, not only for South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity. Today, you will be escorted around the island by an ex-political prisoner.

Return to the Cape waterfront and enjoy an independent lunch on the wharf. Garden lovers won’t want to miss this afternoon’s excursion to Africa’s finest botanical garden, Kirstenbosch. Dinner included tonight on the wharf. Sleep in Cape Town at the Commodore Hotel (B, D)

Wednesday, April 13 - Day 5: Stellenbosch Wine Country - Our day begins with a visit to the historic Vergelegen Estate, established by Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel in the beginning of the 18th century. Beautifully restored, the estate consists of a well preserved Dutch manor house, outbuildings with a famous octagonal garden, a rose garden, a white garden and a wonderful herb garden.

Vergelegen has been a gardener’s paradise from the time the land was first farmed by Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel in 1700. Willem Adriaan was also a botanist, forester and a horticulturist and wrote the "The African Gardeners' and Agriculturists' Calendar." Much of which he wrote centuries ago is still relevant to this day. Evidence of his interests is still visible at Vergelegen: the five camphor trees he imported from the East (declared historical monuments) gracing the front of the Homestead, the oldest oak tree in South Africa and an ancient mulberry tree. Van der Stel recognized the terroir as suitable for vines and Vergelegen wines are now universally accepted as outstanding. To top off our visit we’ll enjoy a wine tasting at the estate and then proceed to the historic D’Ouwe Werf Hotel conveniently situated in the centre of colonial Stellenbosch. Tonight a multi-course dinner is included. Sleep in the heart of SA wine country (B, D)

Thursday, April 14 - Day 6 - The Splendid Cape Winelands - Stellenbosch, known as the "City of the Oaks" (Eikestad), is the second oldest town in South Africa and is today a vibrant university town. Admire the charm and harmony of Cape Dutch, British and Edwardian architecture as you walk through the shady oak avenues bounded by the water furrows of Millstream. Our morning walk will stop at Oom Samie se Winkel (Uncle Sam’s Shop). Stocked with articles of yesteryear, it is reminiscent of a simpler lifestyle. We also visit the Village Museum, which comprises four houses, each depicting a different period in the early history of the Cape. After enjoying a bit of free time for shopping and a visit to a local café we will set off to explore the vineyards surrounding Stellenbosch. Lunch and tastings at two separate vineyards will be included this afternoon. Sleep in Stellenbosch at the Hotel Oude Werf (B,L)

elephant-rideFriday, April 15 - Day 7: An Outing To Soweto And North To Your Safari Lodge - This morning we say goodbye to our Cape guide and board a flight north for Johannesburg. On arrival at Johannesburg Airport you will be met by an Earthbound Expeditions guide and taken on a private tour of Soweto (SOuth WEstern TOwnship), the largest black residential area in South Africa. In many ways, the story of Soweto is the story of South Africa; this is where the seeds of South African freedom took root. Our tour includes all the major points of interest, such as the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Baragwanath taxi rank, Freedom Square, Hector Pietersen Memorial and Nelson Mandela’s former home. This sprawling township was the scene of the tragic riots of 1976. Despite crowded, chaotic conditions, there is a tangible sense of community in these neighborhoods which the ordered, walled suburbs lack. After your visit you will travel by coach for 3 hours to your lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park. A traditional lunch will be served in Soweto and dinner will be upon arrival at the lodge. Sleep in Pilanesberg National Park at Bakubung Bush Lodge (B, L, D)

ABOUT BAKABUNG BUSH LODGE - Tucked in the expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, Bakabung Lodge offers the best of both worlds when combining the peaceful bush environment with luxury and comfort. The lodge offers plush rooms, each with air-conditioning, DStv, and en-suite bathrooms. The rooms are decorated to reflect the mood and ambience of the bush and are equipped with the necessary amenities to ensure supreme comfort. Enjoy a fine dinner in the restaurant terrace overlooking the vastness of the game reserve.

Saturday, April 16, Sunday, April 17 - Days 8 & 9: Africa's Big 5 - Not even two shots of espresso will wake you up like a 6:00 a.m. game drive into the African Bush. Accompanied by a park ranger, you’ll travel in an open 4X4 jeep in pursuit of lions, giraffes, hippos, rhinos and more. Upon your return to the lodge each day enjoy a delicious breakfast. Four game drives, two per day, are included.

Grab a good book this afternoon and lay by the pool or enjoy a siesta. Around 4:00 p.m. set off on another three-hour game drive in search of more wildlife. Following the evening safari, you will enjoy a fabulous outdoor dinner on the terrace overlooking the park. Sleep in Pilanesberg National Park at Bakubung Bush Lodge (B, D)

giraffe-vertAbout Pilanesberg National Park - The Pilanesberg National Park is malaria-free and borders on the entertainment complex of Sun City. It is almost perfectly circular because it comprises the area of a 1,200 million year old volcano crater with a small lake in the centre. The park exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as "Bushveld". Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone. Virtually all the animal species of southern Africa exist here, including healthy populations of lion, black and white rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard - Africa's "Big Five." Bird watching is excellent with over 300 species recorded. The park offers a number of wonderful picnic spots, numerous hiding spots for game watching, huge walk-in aviaries, safe hiking trails, safari drives at night and flights over the park in a hot-air balloon.

Monday, April 18 - Day 10: Depart South Africa For The USA Or Continue Your Journey to Botswana And/Or Victoria Falls - For those travelers returning to the US today, there is time this morning to enjoy a third game drive. In the early afternoon you will be transferred by coach from the Lodge back to Johannesburg Airport. On arrival at Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport connect with your scheduled international South African Airways flight back to the USA. (B, L)

Note: For those travelers participating in the post-tour extensions, your flight to Victoria Falls will depart this morning.

Tuesday, April 19 - Day 11: Arrive Home With A Lifetime Of Memories!


Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls Extension

Chobe And Victoria Falls        5 Nights/6 Days

Dates: April 18-24
3 Nights Chobe National Park, Botswana
2 Nights Victoria Falls Lodge
$3,375 per person Double Occupancy
$875 Single Supplement

INCLUDED IN POST TOUR EXTENSION

  • Regional round trip airfare Johannesburg-Victoria Falls
  • All services as specified: breakfasts, lunch and dinner while in Chobe and breakfast and dinners in Victoria Falls
  • Accommodation in four and five star hotels and lodges
  • Three evening river cruises and three morning drives
  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles, including qualified drivers
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary led by qualified English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated above
  • Earthbound Expeditions guide
  • Porterage for 1 reasonable size bag per person

POST-TOUR EXTENSION HIGHLIGHTS – BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS

*Zambezi River cruise * Victoria Falls and surrounding rainforest * Early morning safaris and sunset evening cruises in Chobe National Park in Botswana, home to 450 species of birds and the largest concentration of elephants in Africa.

NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your post-tour guides and trackers and hotel staff * Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, etc. * Cost of obtaining passports or visa * Some meals not mentioned * Alcoholic beverages * Travel insurance * Airline baggage fees

elephant-vertABOUT CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA

Chobe is your gateway to a truly unique African wildlife experience. The park is ideally situated for exploration of the surrounding areas. It is only 50 miles from the Victoria Falls and is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square kilometers. The park has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime. A major feature of Chobe National Park is its elephant population. The Chobe elephant comprises part of what is probably the largest surviving continuous elephant population. This population covers most of northern Botswana plus northwestern Zimbabwe. The Botswana’s elephant population is currently estimated at around 120,000.

ABOUT THE MIGHTY VICTORIA FALLS

Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Statistically speaking, it is the largest waterfall in the world. This recognition comes from combining the height and width together to create the largest single sheet of flowing water.

Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and travelers can access the falls through Livingstone, Zambia or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The falls are also close to the border of Botswana. The Zambezi River, which originates in northern Zambia, serves as the fall’s water source. The name Victoria Falls was given to the falls by the Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone. He named the falls after the reining queen at the time. The locals called the falls Mosioa-Tunya meaning “smoke that thunders.” Many people still refer to this nickname, which accurately defines the falls.

Monday, April 18 - Day 10: Transfer To Chobe Safari Lodge, Botswana Via Victoria Falls Airport - Today you will be transferred to Johannesburg airport for your flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Upon arrival at the Victoria Falls airport you will be met by an outstanding Earthbound local guide and transferred by private coach to your lodge in Kasane, Botswana. Sleep at Chobe Safari Lodge (B, D)

Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20 - Days 11 and 12 - Two Days In The African Bush - Enjoy daily early morning game drives and return to the lodge for brunch. Spend the afternoons relaxing at the pool, enjoy the gardens and views of the river or explore the local town. This evening bring your camera! You will witness the vast herds and abundant wildlife as you enjoy a game drive from the lodge into the national park in open safari vehicles. The game drives follow the routes along the Chobe riverfront, which supports the greatest abundance of wildlife in the game park. On the last evening you will enjoy a relaxing late afternoon cruise for a
completely different perspective on the wildlife you have been
viewing on land. Sleep at Chobe Safari Lodge (B, D)

Thursday, April 21 - Day 13 - Depart For Victoria Falls - Enjoy a final day in the African bush with another early morning game drive. Then transfer by road to Victoria Falls Hotel. Upon arrival at the Victoria Falls Hotel you will be met by a local guide where a welcome drink and brief orientation have been arranged for you. Relax by the pool this afternoon or wander the beautiful grounds
of the hotel. Enjoy an included dinner this evening. Sleep at Victoria Falls Hotel (B, D)

Friday, April 22 - Day 14 - A Day At Victoria Falls - After breakfast this morning you will go on a tour of Victoria Falls which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Falls are 1690 meters wide and have a maximum drop of 103 meters (the average drop is 92m). This immense curtain of water is broken up by small islands which stand on the lip of the falls, one of which is
called Livingstone Island. This is where the explorer, David Livingstone, first viewed the falls. These islands effectively break the falls into smaller falls, which are known as (from the Zambian side to Zimbabwe side) the Eastern Cataract, The Rainbow Falls, the Horseshoe Falls and the Main Falls. "Rainforests" on either side of the river are sustained entirely by the spray of the falls. There is a paved path which leads onto the Knife Edge Bridge for a spectacular view up the main gorge and the Eastern Cataract, and numerous other paths which give different views of the falls and the bridge.

Late in the afternoon, take a Sundowner Cruise along the mighty Zambezi River above the falls. Enjoy a drink while cruising slowly on the river, viewing the wildlife from a unique vantage point. You’re sure to see hippo and elephants, a variety of other wildlife and birds. Your guides will be on hand to describe the flora and fauna, the bird life and wildlife. Sleep at Victoria Falls Hotel (B, D)

Saturday, April 23 - Day 15 - Victoria Falls To The USA Via Johannesburg - This morning you will be transferred by road back to Victoria Falls airport where you will take your flight back to Johannesburg.

Please Note: Have your Multiple Entry Visa ready for the Zimbabwe border & USD $25 cash per person for the Airport Departure Tax upon leaving Zimbabwe. (Departure taxes are subject to change without notice). Upon arrival in Johannesburg proceed to International terminal for your flight back home. (B)

Sunday, April 24 - Day 16 - Arrive Home With Lifetime Of Memories

Victoria Falls Extension Only

Victoria Falls  2 Nights / 3 Days

  • Dates: Starting on April 18
  • Arriving home on April 21
  • 2 Nights Victoria Falls Hotel
  • $2,139 per person Double Occupancy
  • $ 575 Single Supplement

BEFORE YOU GO

Please Note: U.S. passport holders do not require a visa for South Africa for a visit of less than 90 days. All Non-South African passport holders are required to have at least TWO, entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages (i.e. one side of such a page not front and back thereof) in their passport, each time entry is sought into South Africa. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages at the back of the passport. South African government regulations prohibit airlines from boarding passengers without the required blank visa pages. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after intended date of departure.

Note: There is a Multiple Entry Visa charge to enter Zimbabwe of USD$45. CASH per person for USA passport holders. (Visa fees
are subject to change without notice.)


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