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South Africa: The Comprehensive Tour

Overview

South Africa is becoming an increasingly desired destination by international travelers. It’s a country
of numerous diversities: scenic, cultural, and - of course - natural. "A World in One Country" is how
the locals describe their home. Africans and Afrikaners, Christians, Muslims, Indians and Jews make
up a mosaic that’s crucial to understanding this newborn “Rainbow Nation.” Jews migrated to South
Africa with the earliest white settlers from the Netherlands and Great Britain. The great influx of Jews
to South Africa - mainly from Lithuania - began after the discovery of gold and diamonds. Together
with an exploration of the wild plains and the rocky coastlines, the canyons and the waterfalls, the
hunt for the "Big Five" (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino & Buffalo) our tour will also walk in the
footsteps of South Africa‘s Jews as we trace their role in South Africa, before, during and after
Apartheid.

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Monday December 6, 2010 Johannesburg


Arrival to Johannesburg, meeting and orientation at the hotel.

Day 2 Tuesday December 7, 2010 Blyde River Canyon – Kruger National Park
After breakfast we’ll board our coach for the drive to Pretoria and from there to Mpumalanga
Province, renowned for its amazing scenery and multitude of spectacular waterfalls. We’ll view some
of the panoramic landscapes in the area: the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck
Potholes, and other astounding viewing areas where we will marvel at the endless African landscapes.
We’ll make a stop at Lone Creek Falls and at “Pilgrim’s Rest” where South Africa’s Gold Rush peaked.
In the evening we’ll make our way to our lodge in the Kruger National Park, the most famous game
reserve in the world. Here we’ll prepare for dinner and overnight in the game reserve.

Day 3 Wednesday December 8, 2010 Kruger National Park - Cape Town


With early light we’ll undertake our main open-vehicle safari excursion in search of “the Big Five”:
Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo – as well as other wild game in the reserve. With this spectacle
in our minds, we’ll depart for our flight to another one of nature’s great beauties: Cape Town, Mother
City of South Africa. Cape Town, situated in the south western corner of the African continent, was
the first white colony on the continent. In the middle of the 17th century, the Dutch East India
Company established there a service station for its ships circumnavigating Africa on their way to the
East, and the city grew from there. The city’s architecture is mixed: Dutch, British-Victorian and
African, with Islamic elements that came with the arrival in Cape Town of slaves from Malaysia.

Day 4 Thursday December 9, 2010 Cape Town – Cape of Good Hope


Today we’ll head out to the nature reserve at the Cape of Good Hope, which is within easy driving
distance of the city. A wild, rocky coastline lies at the foot of the green vegetation-filled mountains of
the Cape. The drive is breathtaking, and we’ll stop along the way and various lookout points, such as
Chapman’s peak, Hout Bay, and others. The Cape of Good Hope is a must-see destination for anyone
who as ever read books of ocean-going seafarers who discovered the main navigable sea routes that
serve the marine world to this very day. At the tip of the Cape of Good Hope, is Cape point, meeting
place of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Our return to Cape Town will be via the penguin settlement at
The Boulders; Simonstown, home to South Africa’s navy; and Muizenberg, once South Africa Jewry’s
premier summer destination (which was once affectionately nicknamed “Jewsenberg.”)

Day 5 Friday December 10, 2010 Cape Town – Table Mountain


Today we’ll take the cable car to the top of famous Table Mountain for a magnificent view of the city
and the Cape Peninsula (weather permitting). Then we will visit the city‘s central sites. We will take a
stroll through the Muslim quarter, visit the "gardens" and the first synagogue. In the late afternoon
we return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat. Prayers and meals follow.

Day 6 Shabbat December 11, 2010 Cape Town


After Shabbat services and lunch we’ll take a walking tour of the area.

Day 7 Sunday December 12, 2010 Cape Town – Garden Route - Oudtshoorn
After breakfast we drive towards Garden Route, one of the most beautiful ways in South Africa. We
will also visit Bartholomew Diaz Museum. We continue to Oudtshoorn, the largest city in the "little
Karoo" area. The city is called "Jerusalem of South Africa" due to the Jewish community that thrived
here in the past. While there you won‘t be able to avoid running into some Ostrich. These animals
roam the area by the thousands.

Day 8 Monday December 13, 2010 Oudtshoorn – Cango Caves - Knysna


Today we visit the famous Congo Caves, which are considered a fascinating geological phenomenon
with its stalagmites and stalactites, and were first opened to the public in 1981. We also visit the local
museum which has a separate wing dedicated to the large Jewish community that lived here in the
turn of the 20th century. We will also visit an extinct animal‘s farm. We‘ll drive through the Outeniqua
Mountains pass towards Knysna. This beautiful little town is dubbed "the diamond of the garden
route", and boasts a large impressive lagoon.

Day 9 Tuesday December 14, 2010 Kynsna – Plettenberg Bay – Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg
After breakfast we head out to a resort the lays on Plettenberg Bay. We visit the Tzitzikama Forest
Nature Reserve, which is situated at the coast of the Indian Ocean. We stroll through the spectacular
reserve via a magical forest. At the end of the tour we head to Port Elizabeth, and from there we fly to
Johannesburg. The city has a developed Jewish center, Kosher restaurants, and many shuls.
Day 10 Wednesday December 15, 2010 Johannesburg – Victoria Falls
This morning we’ll make our way to Johannesburg International Airport for our flight to Victoria Falls,
on the border between Zambia & Zimbabwe. In the evening we’ll take in a lively local folklore show
describing African tribal life.

Day 11 Thursday December 16, 2010 Victoria Falls – Johannesburg – Home Gateway
Today we head out to see the Great Victoria falls, which plummet from a great height into narrow
ravine. At the end of the tour we head back to Johannesburg, and continue on to our home gateway.

Cost & Accommodation

Tour code Start date End date Days Price Single supplement
ESOA0512 06/12/2010 16/12/2010 11 days $3790 $620

Important:

• There may be changes to the schedule and hotel reservations dependent upon internal
flights. We will make every effort to visit every location mentioned.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Domestic Flights
• First tourist class hotels or the best available locally
• Comfortable air-conditioned touring coach for traveling
• Kosher half-board daily
• Professional experienced Israeli guide
• Local English-speaking Guide as required
• Entrance to all sites & safari mentioned in the tour plan

PRICE EXCLUDES

• International Flights
• Travel and baggage Insurance
• Evening entertainment that are not included in the tour plan
• Personal expenses
• Tips for local service providers: $110
• Changes in air fares due to increases in fuel - airport tax and security tax surcharges
• Tip for our tour guide (Recommended: $3 per person per day)

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:


A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your
reservation. Payment in full is due 90 days before departure.
A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not
been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.

• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 60-90 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• 30-60 days prior to departure: $1,000 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total - no refund
• We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance encompassing both cancellation and medical insurance is very important and we can
not stress that enough. We strongly recommend that our clients are adequately insured when
travelling. It is crucial to purchase the travel insurance within 14 days from the 1st payment that you
make for this trip (flights/cruise/tour etc). Your payment is made directly to the insurance company.
We highly recommend the 'cancel for any reason' upgrade option.
Our preferred policies are Travel Safe (USA & Canadian residents), Travel Select (USA residents) and
Global Trip Protection Elite (All other Nationalities).
For an obligation free quote and further details email Yonah insurance@eddiestravel.com