Trip Overview

Join AdventureWomen in late spring of 2021 to explore Cape Town and search for the Big Five while enjoying the best safari experiences South Africa has to offer.

Arrive in Cape Town and check in at your comfortable hotel. Meet the group of adventurous women you’ll spend the next 11 days with and find out why each of you is excited to explore the best of what South Africa has to offer. You’ll travel with your expert South African guide, who will be with you every step of the way as you explore the area around Cape Town and will teach you about wildlife behavior as you search for exciting animals on safari. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

Start your adventures in a tandem kayak to observe African Penguins! Spend a few hours paddling the False Bay coast before watching penguins swim and play in a quaint cove. After savoring a freshly prepared lunch, explore the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park and climb to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse for a spectacular view. After a full day of exploration, set off to explore the restaurants that make Cape Town famous.

Head out of Cape Town for a full day in the winelands. Enjoy a leisurely exploration of historic towns, and visit local wineries, learning about the vineyards and grapes, the winemaking, and of course, tasting the delicious South African wines. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at one of the wineries before heading back to Cape Town. Your next day is spent exploring the West Coast, starting in Bloubergstrand for a classic view of Cape Town and Table Mountain from across Table Bay. Continue along the Atlantic coast to West Coast National Park, home to some 55,000 birds that migrate from northern climates to breed here. Spend some time in one of the bird hides, observing their behavior before heading back to Cape Town.

Immerse yourself in culture on your last full day in Cape Town. Walk through the historical heart of the Bo-Kaap and explore the local spice market where you will learn about the origins of the spices and how they are used in Cape Malay cuisine. Put your skills to the test and learn how to fold Cape Malay samosas! Spend the rest of your day exploring Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which features 9,000 of the estimated 20,000 species of indigenous South African flora.

Set off the next morning by plane for your safari! Spend two nights at the luxurious Kirkman’s Kamp, high on a ridge in the world-famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Settle into your cottage and enjoy tea or a drink on the rolling lawn. The wildlife viewing is nothing less than breathtaking. Spend your days in Sabi Sands, which shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park, searching for the Big Five; Sabi Sands is famous for leopards, so keep an eye out for these sleek, spotted felines. Get out on foot by day and in the vehicle by night for exceptional sightings, enjoying Pan-African menus for candlelight dinners.

Continue the safari rhythm when you head to Tanda Tula’s Rishile Camp for three nights, which will be exclusively for AdventureWomen on this trip. Stay in your elegant canvas tents with en suite bathrooms including indoor and outdoor showers and enjoy the swimming pool overlooking the Ntsiri River. You’ll rise early for sunrise game drives, return to camp for an elaborate breakfast, and have much of the day at camp to relax and enjoy the amenities. Head out again each evening for a late afternoon game drive, searching for lion, leopard, and antelope as you enjoy the sunset.

Toast the end of your trip over a spectacular farewell dinner, laughing with your new AdventureWomen friends and thinking about how you’ll miss the safari lifestyle and rhythm of living in the bush.

Don’t miss your chance to join this bucket-list trip to see the best of Cape Town and view stunning African wildlife on safari with fellow adventure women.

Main Attractions

  • Kayak with African Penguins on the False Bay coast and take in the view from the Cape Point Lighthouse
  • Enjoy a full day in the winelands including wine tastings and a gourmet lunch
  • Spend five nights on safari in luxurious accommodations
  • Search for the Big Five of African wildlife in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve

What You'll See and Do

  • 4x4
  • Animal Tracking
  • Birding
  • Cooking Class
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Local Delicacies
  • Luxury Camping
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Safari

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Cape Town
Welcome to South Africa! Cape Town, which faces north across Table Bay, has thrived from its birth, first as a Dutch settlement in 1652 when Jan van Ribeeck established it as a supply station for ships of the Dutch East India Company, and later, under the British as a port supplying ships with food and fresh water from the perennial mountain streams.

During your adventure you’ll get to know your expert South African guide, who will be with you every step of the way as you explore the area around Cape Town and will teach you about wildlife behavior as you search for exciting animals on safari. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy dinner as a group this evening, where you’ll get to know your guide and fellow travelers.
Dinner

Overnight: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Day 2

Cape Town
Arriving in Simonstown, meet your sea-kayaking guide for a safety briefing and then gear up for a few hours of easy paddling in twin kayaks along the False Bay coast. Not to worry, as these are safe, comfortable “sit-on-top” kayaks which require almost no balance or skill. Paddle to the Boulders Beach’s colony of African Penguins and view them from the ocean as they swim around this quaint cove.

Leaving the kayaks, you’ll have lunch at a local seafood restaurant.

Drive along the Cape Peninsula, surrounded by spectacular mountains, rugged shorelines, a variety of flowering plants, and the blue sea. Covering over 19,000 acres, the Cape Point Reserve houses a truly astonishing variety of plant species – about 1,200 – of which 30 are considered rare.

Note for Today: Bring your swimsuit and t-shirt, a windbreaker, sunhat and sunscreen, a towel and a change of comfortable clothes.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Day 3

Cape Town
Discover the internationally acclaimed vineyards of Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek on the Western Cape, along a scenic route. A stop at the historic estate of Boschendal will introduce you to some of the most brilliantly preserved Cape Dutch buildings in the Cape and its collection of priceless period furniture. At Franschhoek, explore lovely antique shops and gardens, where the French first settled in 1688. Stop in the university town of Stellenbosch, the oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, undoubtedly the most scenic and historically preserved town in Southern Africa. Oak-lined streets next to water furrows compliment the many fine examples of elegant Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian architecture – all part of this unique “Town of Oaks”.

Lunch will be at one of the many classic restaurants in the area.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Day 4

Cape Town
Your first port of call this morning is Bloubergstrand, which in Afrikaans is “blue mountain beach” after Blouberg. Much of Bloubergstrand’s attraction lies in its white sandy beaches from which you’ll get picture-postcard views of Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town. Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, can also be seen quite clearly from the beach at Bloubergstrand.

Continue north along the Atlantic coast to the West Coast National Park, a jewel in this peninsula’s crown. The park is a paradise for some 55,000 birds, belonging to more than 150 species, that gather here each year – many migrating from northern climates to breed. Walking trails are the best way to experience the park’s scenery, with stunning views of the sea, as well as fynbos and birdlife.

Visit the information center at Geelbek, a historic farm and national monument, then drive through a private section of the park to see bontebok, eland and zebra grazing amidst vast carpets of spring blooms, a feature for which this landscape is famous.

After lunch, return to the city, pausing to view the Moravian Mission Station at Mamre, and possibly, stopping off at the West Coast Ostrich Farm or Fossil Park en route.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Day 5

Cape Town
Table Mountain is the signature of Cape Town, easily one of the most recognizable mountains in the world. Frequently a cloud covers this flat-topped mountain, which rises to 3,563 feet above sea level, and the locals affectionately call it a white tablecloth. Take the cable car to the top (weather permitting) and explore the mountain’s summit.

Enjoy a walk through the historical heart of the Bo-Kaap, complete with a mini shopping safari. Meet the guide at the Bo-Kaap museum for a unique insight into the origins and history of the Cape Malay people. Across the street from the museum is the bustling spice market, where you will learn about the origins of the spices and how they are used in Cape Malay cuisine.

To learn first-hand about Cape Malay cuisine, you’ll have a warm, home-hosted Cape Malay welcome, learning how to fold samosas, and discovering this traditional and deliciously spicy Cape Malay dish. Once you’ve mastered the art, sit down to enjoy the feast that you created.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Day 6

Cape Town to Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Fly to Skukuza, where you will be picked up and transferred to your stunning lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is one of the most prestigious wildlife sanctuaries in the world, with unfenced borders neighboring the Kruger National Park, and is famed for its leopards and incredible wildlife. The uniqueness of the lodge is its ideal positioning on the Sand River with exclusive access to the riverbed.

Settle in this afternoon. Kick your feet up and look for wildlife around the property or take a dip in the inviting pool.

Head out for an evening game drive, searching for the Big Five. When you return, enjoy a candlelit dinner as a group this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Kirkman’s Kamp

Day 7

Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Sabi Sand is known for its diversity of animals including the Big Five. During your stay you are likely to spot a variety of wildlife including elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, kudu, and possibly the rare wild dogs. Two daily game drives provide the perfect opportunity to get up close to African wildlife.

Take time between your game drives to read a book, visit the pool, or make an appointment with the spa.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Kirkman’s Kamp

Day 8

Sabi Sand to Timbavati Nature Reserve
Enjoy one last morning drive from Kirkman’s Kamp. Transfer to Tanda Tula Safari Camp by road, watching for wildlife along the way.

Spend the afternoon exploring your new camp. Enjoy afternoon tea with your group. Enjoy another evening game drive and see what makes this new area different from your last lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Day 9

Timbavati Nature Reserve
Enjoy another day of wildlife drives and optional guided safari walks. Soak in all the amazing scenery and wildlife.

Timbavati Nature Reserve shares a common unfenced border with Kruger National Park, allowing the animals free range, and ensuring that guests can view the greatest diversity of wildlife that South Africa has to offer. The reserve is home to the great cats – lion, leopard and cheetah – as well as elephant, buffalo, black and white rhino, zebra, giraffe and a host of antelope.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Day 10

Timbavati Nature Reserve
Spend one more incredible day in the rhythm of the bush. Wake up before dawn for a quick coffee or tea and hop in your open-sided vehicle. Hear the bush start to come alive as the sun comes up and watch the animals begin their morning routine. After incredible wildlife sightings, head back to camp for a delicious breakfast and take the middle of the day to relax and soak in your surroundings. Have afternoon tea and snacks before heading out for another game drive to search for wildlife in the golden evening light.

Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends. Reminisce over all the memories you have made and celebrate the end of an incredible trip!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Day 11

Depart South Africa
Enjoy one last morning in the bush before departing South Africa. Drive to the Hoedspruit airstrip and fly back to Johannesburg where you will connect with your flights home.
Breakfast

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to South Africa



Arrival and Departure Information

May 30th Departure:

Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa (CPT) on May 30, 2021.

Depart Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) on June 9, 2021 in the evening.

June 30th Departure:

Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa (CPT) on June 30, 2021.

Depart Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) on July 10, 2021 in the evening.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Moderate. Our Moderate adventures exercise your mind more than your body and are designed for women who prefer a leisurely, less rigorous experience. For example, you could walk up to 2 miles per day through cities and villages, stand in museums for a few hours, relax on a boat, or view wildlife from a vehicle. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more on the FitForTrips website.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to South Africa, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about South Africa.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $1,500, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

May 30th Departure Final Payment Due Date: March 1, 2021

June 30th Departure Final Payment Due Date: April 1, 2021

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Domestic flights (priced separately from the main trip
  • Fully-guided sightseeing and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and conservation levies
  • Services of Professional expert naturalist guide throughout trip
  • Services of guides and trackers at safari camps
  • Drinking water provided in large jugs to refill personal bottles
  • Kirkman’s Kamp – soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, laundry
  • Tanda Tula Camp – all drinks and laundry included
  • Gratuities for baggage handlers, drivers

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from South Africa
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guides and hotel/lodge staff

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town, this luxury hotel and spa offers easy access to all that's happening in this dynamic city. Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel offers the perfect combination of leafy tranquility and contemporary buzz. Whether dining on exotic Cape cuisine, soaking up the sun or, exploring the buzzing streets, your time here promises endless memories to cherish.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Kirkman's Kamp

Located high on a ridge of the world-famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, overlooking the magnificent Sand River, lies Kirkman's Kamp. Step back in time, into the classical ambiance of this original 1920s homestead. Enjoy spectacular views of the unspoiled landscape that surrounds the Sand River from each of the lodge’s 12 guest cottages. Here, old meets new; with antique-styled beds seamlessly blending with modern comforts and claw foot bathtubs, fireplaces and private verandas creating a warm and inviting ambience. A library offers a sanctuary filled with interesting reads, while the classical sitting room provides the ultimate setting to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Immersed in the bushscape is a rim-flow swimming pool with views of the Sand River.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Set on the 500 square kilometer Timbavati Reserve to the west of the Kruger area in South Africa, Tanda Tula Safari Camp is an authentic, friendly, and high-quality property, with guest accommodation in 12 luxury tents and offering a good range of well guided safari activities.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686