The African Safari Trip of a Lifetime

wild hippo yawning in the river at Pani Hide, Kruger national park, South Africa

South Africa is boring!

End 2016 with a bang and start off 2017 in the most unbelievable way possible with a small group guided tour to Africa. (Looking for a shorter, less expensive or more low-key version? Check this alternate itinerary.)

The itinerary has been finalized and we are taking orders! 0% interest payment plans are available.

We’ll depart on Friday 12/23/2016 and return Sunday 1/8/2017. That means we’ll be in Africa for both Christmas and New Year’s. What an exciting way to ring in the new year!

Give yourself a gift this year. Just look at this itinerary:

Itinerary length: 17 days
Best dates: December-January (winter break from school and peak of summer in the souther hemisphere)
Age group: Teen – Adult (there are no theme parks or things that younger kids would find entertaining)
Activity level: Moderately Active to Adrenaline
Language/Culture notes: South Africa is English-speaking. English is widely spoken in other stopover destinations.

  • Day #1 Friday, December 23, 2016
    • Depart from Dulles Airport in Washington, DC (see below for alternatives
  • Day #2 Saturday, December 24, 2016
    • Guided Tour of Istanbul, Turkey (during a 9.5 hour layover)
  • Day #3 Sunday, December 25, 2016
    • Swim w/ penguins near Cape Town, South Africa (What a way to spend Christmas Day!!!)
Boulders beach in Simons Town, Cape Town, South Africa. Beautiful penguins.

South Africa’s beaches are crowded

  • Day #4 Monday, December 26, 2016
    • Visit Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell
    • Tour Cape Town & the Stellenbosch wine region
    • Dinner at a Stellenbosch winery²
  • Day #5 Tuesday, December 27, 2016
    • Cage diving with Great White Sharks in the wild³
shark under water

You’re going to need a bigger boat

    • Breakfast, lunch and snacks included in shark diving tour
    • Gourmet dinner party²
  • Day #6 Wednesday, December 28, 2016
    • Visit an ostrich ranch
    • Visit a cheetah sanctuary
    • 14 course traditional African dinner & show²
  • Day #7 Thursday, December 29, 2016
    • Board the train to Johannesburg (2 days journey)
    • Stop at the station where Ghandi was thrown off the train in 1893
    • Pass by the site where Winston Churchill was arrested in 1899
    • We’ll sleep in berthing compartments on board the train (meals are taken on your own on board the train)
  • Day #8 Friday, December 30, 2016
    • TRAVEL DAY
  • Day #9 Saturday, December 31, 2016
    • Visit to an elephant sanctuary (Such a way to finish out the year!!)
  • Day #10 Sunday, January 1, 2017
    • Daytime Safari at Kruger National Park (And an amazing way to start the new year!!)
Elephants Crossing Road With Jeep In Background

Every day it’s the same old traffic jam

  • Day #11 Monday, January 2, 2017
    • Hot air balloon ride over the savannah
    • Evening safari at Kruger National Park
African Elephant Sunset

Not all sunsets are created equal

  • Day #12 Tuesday, January 3, 2017
    • Flight to Athens (with a 3 hour layover in Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • Day #13 Wednesday, January 4, 2017
    • Tour the Acropolis, Parthenon and other sites of ancient Greece
  • Day #14 Thursday, January 5, 2017
    • Tour Santorini
  • Day #15 Friday, January 6, 2017
    • Begin return flight home (with a 16 hour layover in Cairo, Egypt)
    • Guided tour of the pyramids near Cairo
    • Potentially a cruise down the Nile River (time permitting)
  • Day #16 Saturday, January 7, 2017
    • 16 hour layover in New York City
  • Day #17 Sunday, January 7, 2017
    • Arrive back in Washington, DC¹

Group size will be strictly limited to 10 participants, plus 2 tour organizers. Less than 20% down ($1,000*) will hold your place. The full $5,999 must be paid by 9/30/2016.

All airfare, lodging, ground transportation, attractions, tours and the meals mentioned are included in the $5,999 price. Participants are responsible for their own souvenirs, meals not specifically mentioned, incidental expenses, additional trips/attractions, gratuities, and the like. All lodging is based on double occupancy. Participants traveling alone will be paired with someone of the same gender. Those wishing to have rooms to themselves will be charged a single supplement of $800.

Red-billed oxpecker rest on the impala head

Your friends have been waiting

¹Departing from a city other than Washington, DC is possible but there may be additional costs and your flight may not have a layover in Istanbul, Turkey. There are no price reductions for missing the guided tour in Istanbul.

²All provided meals will include vegetarian friendly options.

³All activities are optional but included in the trip price. For example, those not wishing to go in the water with sharks are welcome to watch from the safety of the boat. Those wishing to skip an activity altogether are free to pursue alternate activities on their own and rejoin the group afterward.

*Because this is such a small group tour, signing up means we may have to turn others away. And because time is so short we may not have time to rebook so the first $1,000 paid is nonrefundable.

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(Looking for a shorter, less expensive or more low-key version? Check this alternate itinerary.)

South Africa. Traffic sucks here too.

South Africa. Traffic sucks here too.

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