15 Day All-Inclusive Africa Trip for Under $5,000

Important note: At the time of publication, the itinerary and pricing mentioned in this article were only about 90% final. Both have since been updated and announced in a separate article (click here to learn more).

Take the all-inclusive dream trip of a lifetime — TWO African safaris, swimming with penguins, cage diving with great white sharks, visits to more than half a dozen countries, explore history, wine tasting — all for far less than you’d expect.

This incredible trip checks off so many bucket list items and yet it won’t break the bank.

Photo credit: Arian Zwegers

Photo credit: Arian Zwegers

We’ll depart in mid-January 2017 to escape the cold North American winter when it’s the height of summer in the southern hemisphere. Our trip starts from your choice of New York or Washington, DC.³ En route to Cape Town, South Africa we’ll enjoy a stopover in Istanbul, Turkey.¹ There, we’ll leave the airport and a private motor coach will take us on a brief sightseeing tour of the city including a stop at the world famous Blue Mosque before returning us to the airport to continue our journey to Cape Town.

While there are many things to see and do in Cape Town, no doubt the highlight will be a half-day visit to Boulders Beach where you can mingle with African Penguins and even swim in the ocean with them! Using waterproof dive cameras, your tour hosts will offer to get pictures of a lifetime.

Photo credit: Laura, via Flickr

Photo credit: Laura, via Flickr

We’ll also take a boat to Robben Island to visit the prison cell where Nelson Mandela lived during his incarceration. Then finish up the day with dinner at a winery and olive grove in the world famous Stellenbosch wine region.

A day trip to the town of Gansbaai will have those brave enough swimming with great white sharks in the wild. (Safely inside a cage, of course.) Once again, waterproof dive cameras will ensure you not only come away with memories of a lifetime but the pictures to prove it.

The shark diving excursion includes breakfast, lunch and on board snacks. That day too will be capped off with dinner at another Stellenbosch winery.

Next we board a train for a two-day journey across the South African countryside. Aside from seeing South Africa in a way that few tourists ever do, you will enjoy a sleeper car and on board meals. The train will make a stop at “Ghandi Station” where the now-historic figure was thrown off the train in 1893 for being a non-white riding in first class. The train also passes by the place where future Prime Minister Winston Churchill was arrested in 1899 on fears of sedition.

Photo credit: David Berkowitz

Photo credit: David Berkowitz

The train will arrive in Johannesburg where we’ll board a private motor coach and continue our journey across the South African countryside to Kruger National Park. There, we will enjoy not one but two guided safaris; a full day daytime safari and a three hour evening safari. Professional English-speaking safari guides will lead us into the bush in open-air vehicles in search of wildlife, including Africa’s “Big Five”: Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Lion.

After our stay at Kruger National Park, we’ll travel by private motor coach and pass through the tiny African kingdom of Swaziland on our way to Mozambique. There, we’ll board a charter boat to a nearby uninhabited island where we can explore and swim in the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. This little side trip will allow you to enjoy two more culturally rich African countries before we return to Johannesburg to board a flight bound for Athens, Greece.¹

En route, the flight will have a long scheduled stopover.¹ Taking advantage of this extended layover, the group will have the opportunity to venture out for a visit and more sightseeing.

Photo credit: Roger, via Flickr

Photo credit: Roger, via Flickr

In Athens you’ll spend two days soaking up the history, the food, the sights. Visit the world famous Acropolis and Parthenon. Even get a chance to swim in the Mediterranean Sea before boarding a flight back to the United States.

En route back home, our flight will enjoy yet another multi-hour layover in yet another exciting destination.¹ Another private coach will be waiting to take us on a sightseeing tour before dropping us back at the airport to resume the trip home.

Sounds like a $20,000 trip? Not even close!

All of this:

  • Airfare from Washington, DC or New York City³
  • Tour of the Blue Mosque and other sights in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mingling and swimming with penguins in the wild
  • Visit Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell
  • Two dinners and tastings of world famous South African wines
  • Swimming with Great White sharks
  • Historic train ride across South Africa
Photo credit: Andrew, via Flickr

Photo credit: Andrew, via Flickr

  • Full day daytime safari
  • Three hour evening safari
  • Visit to Swaziland
  • Sailing in Mozambique and swimming in the Indian Ocean
  • Two days in Greece including the Acropolis and the Parthenon
  • Tours of at least two additional stopover destinations
  • Return flight to your city of origin
  • All transportation, lodging, meals² and attractions

The all-inclusive² cost of this trip is only $4,999 per person.³

A $1,000 deposit³ will reserve your place. Then simply pay the rest over time and get ready for the trip of a lifetime! This trip will be very strictly capped at a total of 10 participants so don’t wait and risk missing your chance to take the trip of a lifetime for one very affordable all-inclusive price!

This trip requires an “average” degree of physical fitness. It is not an extreme adventure tour nor is there strenuous activity however there is walking and/or swimming involved at many of the stops on the itinerary. This trip, and Africa in general, is not wheelchair or handicap-friendly. It won’t have you feeling rushed or harried either. The trip has been carefully calculated to have no more than two major activities per day.

If you are interested in signing up or just finding out more about this trip, contact me.

Even if you can't join me on this trip, please share with your friends, relatives, contacts and anyone else you know. This is going to be the trip of a lifetime and I'm eager to share it.

¹ Intermediate flight itineraries may be subject to change. Location and duration of layovers may also be subject to change based on airline scheduling, flight delays, safety/stability considerations and other circumstances beyond our control.
² The cost of the trip includes all transportation, lodging, the meals specifically mentioned and admission to the attractions listed. Participants are responsible for their own souvenirs, meals not listed, upgrades, baggage handling fees and other personal or incidental expenses.
³ If you wish to depart from another city or arrange your own airfare to/from Africa, contact me to inquire about pricing adjustments. The deposit is nonrefundable. Additional monies paid are refundable only if participation is canceled at least 90 days in advance and may be adjusted based on airline ticket refund policies. All money must be paid in full 90 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is the responsibility of participants but is strongly recommended.

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