7 nights / 8 days at $1900 per person shared room or $2500 per person for private accommodations. (This trip can be paired up with our May 12th- 18th 2023 Uganda Trip) Join us in Cape Town, Africa for an action packed, dream trip to one of the most beautiful places in the world. This trip features stays at 4 star properties that will leave you speechless! The first two nights will be spent in the lively city of Cape Town. You can hike to the top of Table Mountain or stroll around the city that boasts world class dining and bars. After exploring Cape Town, we will depart for a 5 day tour of the Capes Garden Route. Some of the highlights include a stop at Boulders Beach to visit the penguins, wine tasting at Cape Vineyards, canoeing and hiking at Wilderness Park. We will also make a stop at the township village in Knysna to visit an orphanage. A safari drive through Addo elephant park will give you a chance to get up close to elephants, lions, warthogs, and zebras. This trip also feature optional activities such as Great White Shark cage experience, bungee jumping the highest bridge in Africa, zip lining, sand surfing. This is an active trip for fun minded people. If you enjoy laughing, dancing, exploring and adventure, then this trip is for you. Bring a family member or friend, but make sure they are fun!
Day 1: Cape Town May 3rd
Arrival day. Day at leisure in Cape Town. Meet at the top on the rooftop bar at 5pm at the Grand Daddy Hotel for meet and greet reception. Overnight at Granddaddy hotel https://granddaddy.co.za
Day 2: May 4th: Cape Peninsula
You won’t believe the beautiful scenery you will experience in one day on the Cape Peninsula. We will start by driving to the beautiful Atlantic seaside suburbs of Clifton and Camps Bay, and see the Twelve Apostles. We will then take the coastal road to the Hout Bay harbor. After Hout Bay, onto a scenic drive up Chapman’s Peak, one of the best views in the region. We will then travel on to the Cape of Good Hope, the furthest southwestern point in Africa. We will have time for hiking to the Cape Point lighthouse. We will then stop for lunch and wine tastings at the beautiful Cape Point Vineyards. On our way back we will take the scenic route back to Cape Town via Vishoek and Muizenberg, we will stop at Boulders beach penguin colony to view the African penguins. Overnight Granddaddy hotel https://granddaddy.co.za
Included tours Entrance To Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve Entrance to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony Wine Tasting at Cape Point Vineyards
Day 3: May 5th Cape Town – Mossel Bay
After breakfast, we will head to the Garden Route. First stop will be Mossel Bay to spend some time on the spectacular beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, or visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, commemorating the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. This is where guests can sign up for an optional sand boarding trip on the longest dune in South Africa. Overnight at Protea Hotel in Mossel Bay.
Optional activities 10,000 foot tandem skydive, R2550 (extra R450 for video) Sand Boarding R 550 pp
Day 4: May 6th: Mossel Bay-Knysna
After breakfast, The more adventurous can go on a optional shark cage tour. Guest have the morning at leisure in Mossel Bay. Mid-day we will head to the famous town of Knysna via the lavish Lake District of the Garden Route. This up-market little
town is filled with curios, restaurants and a waterfront, where you will be able to relax and do some shopping. Overnight at Lofts Boutique Hotel http://www.knysnahotel.co.za
Optional activities Shark Cage Experience is approximately $150 USD
Day 5: May 7th: Knysna
After breakfast guests will have time to explore Knysna. In the afternoon, we will depart on a guided township
experience through Emzini Township with local guides. Overnight at Lofts Boutique Hotel http://www.knysnahotel.co.za
Included activities: Park Guided township tour
Day 6: May 8th: Knysna – Tsitsikamma - Addo
After breakfast, off to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route we will stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 meters). There is plenty of time for the adventure seekers among you to test their courage. The afternoon will be spent in Tsitsikamma National Park with its unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park has a wide choice of activities for all, including hiking, crossing a suspension bridge and swimming. In the afternoon, we will leave the Garden Route for Big 5 country, Addo.
Overnight at Avoca River Cabins http://www.avocarivercabins.co.za
Included Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
Optional Activities Bloukrans bungee jump, R1350, Canoe in the national park.
Guests will have the morning to relax at your lodge and have a leisurely breakfast. In the afternoon we will
head to Addo Elephant National Park for an afternoon game drive and a picnic in the park. Late afternoon
guests will depart on an open vehicle game drive with an Addo ranger for a sunset drive.
Overnight at Avoca River Cabins http://www.avocarivercabins.co.za
Included Afternoon game drive in tour vehicle at Addo Elephant National Park
Day 8: May 10th: Addo – Port Elizabeth
Guests will be transferred to Port Elizabeth where your tour will end at approximately 11am. We ask that you do not schedule flights before 12 noon out of Port Elizabeth on May 20th
- Services of a professional tour guide/driver
- Air-conditioned transport
- 7 nights’ accommodation (4-star guesthouse/hotel)
- Daily breakfast
- Entrance to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
- Entrance to penguin colony at Boulders Beach
- Wine tasting at Cape Point Vineyards
- Canoeing and hiking in Wilderness National Park
- Township Experience in Knysna
- 4-hour game viewing safari in Private Game Reserve on open tour vehicle
- Entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park
- Entrance to Addo Elephant National Park
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Terms and Conditions
Group Trip Cancellations.
If YCSMH has to cancel a group trip because a country has closed its borders, everyone will have a choice of receiving a refund or being rolled over to another group trip. The decision to cancel a group trip will be determined by myself and our local guides.
DEPOSITS PAID- CANCEL WITH NO REPLACEMENT
If you cancel a booking and cannot find a replacement the FULL deposit amount will be lost from the original person making the reservation.
DEPOSITS PAID- CANCEL WITH A REPLACEMENT - $100 Penalty
If YOU cancel and find your own replacement that “helps” but it doesn’t alleviate the time and effort I must spend to get your replacement up to speed (answer questions and send previous emails). A $100 fee will be charged if you cancel and find your own replacement.
FULL PAYMENTS PAID- CANCEL WITH NO REPLACEMENT- 60 DAYS BEFORE TRIP DEPARTURE
Full payments for all Happy trips are due 60 days before departure. If you cancel the trip you will not be eligible to receive a refund. You will need to file a claim with your insurance provider. As a rule most tour vendors, charter companies and hotels require full payment 60 days before arrival. Once we have made reservations MOST resorts, Charter companies, rental shops, etc hold YCSMH financially responsible (i.e. we have to pay them, hence we expect YOU to pay us).
Final payments for our Croatia Cruise are due 90 days before departure.
FULL PAYMENTS PAID- CANCEL WITH A REPLACEMENT- 60 DAYS BEFORE TRIP DEPARTURE
In the event of a cancellation, YCSMH will gladly help find a replacement but the responsibility to find the replacement is that of the person canceling. If you find a replacement to fill your spot you will be eligible for a full refund minus a $100 fee.
If YCSMH finds you a replacement you will receive a refund minus the trip deposit. As I mentioned there is a considerable amount of time and effort spent to send out emails to your replacement to get them up to speed.
I hope this helps clarify our terms as we all navigate through this post pandemic world. For those of us who are passionate travelers the small inconveniences of testing, insurance and entry requirements are well worth it.
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