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Day 01: New York - Cape Town, South Africa
This afternoon, fly to Cape Town, South Africa from New York on our selected scheduled Airline
Day 02: Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to hotel.
Day 03: Cape Town
After early breakfast, enjoy the tour of Cape Town also known as the Mother City. It is here that colonial South African history has its roots. The Dutch, French, German and English disembarked at Table Bay Harbor, bringing with them slaves from Eastern and Western Africa as well as slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. All these ethnic groups, along with the indigenous people, today form the ‘Rainbow Nation’. This tour allows us to indulge in the enormous and rich heritage of this beautiful city as we bask in its extraordinary history. Attractions include City Hall and Green Market Square, a walk through the Company Gardens will include a visit to the South African Museum and we will also pass the Houses of Parliament. On the other side of town, we’ll venture to the old District Six Museum. Signal Hill, the Table Mountain on cable car, Clifton and Camps Bay and also the colorful Malay Quarters also known as Bo Kaap. Continue your tour of Cape Town with visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years.
Day 04: Cape Town
Depart by private motor coach to view the beauty of the Cape of Good Hope in luxury and comfort along the coastal destinations of the Cape’s Magnificent Mile. Cast your minds back to the turn of the 18th century as we travel the same route as the pioneers of this country did by ox wagon! We move past the beautiful beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay to Hout Bay and Noordhoek. If there is time we will include Ostrich Viewing along the way as we head towards Cape Point, the mystical meeting point of the world’s two greatest oceans. From Cape Point, after viewing a magnificent panorama of the Cape and watching many species of fauna and flora (including the Cape’s unique Chacma baboons), we head for the penguin colony. This is nestled in a sheltered cove between the naval suburb of Simons Town and Cape Point. If you are lucky, you may spot the largest animal on the earth-the whales during this scenic ocean drive.
Day 05: Cape Town-Johannesburg
Morning is free in Cape Town for independent activities. In the afternoon fly to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to hotel.
Day 06: Johannesburg
Enjoy a full day tour of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Soweto. The Story of Johannesburg is the story of Gold. When the first white pioneers arrived in this region they had no inkling of the wealth that lay beneath their feet. The discovery of the precious metal in the late 1800′s changed all of that, and as you will see, today Johannesburg is the commercial, industrial and mining capital of South Africa. The capital city of Pretoria is home to a plethora of historical and cultural treasures. The places of interest in Pretoria include the Union Buildings (seat of government), Church Square (the city centre), the Voortrekker Monument (dedicated to the first white pioneers), and Freedom Park (dedicated to those who sacrificed for freedom and democracy). Another fascinating experience is a visit to the pulsating township of Soweto. The mines of old, of course, needed a plentiful supply of cheap labor, and Soweto, together with many of the other townships around Johannesburg, housed the huge numbers of migrant a and resilience of the South African nation. We explore this fascinating township, trying to obtain an appreciation for the history and heritage contained within its bounds
Day 07: Johannesburg - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to airport for flight to Victoria Falls. Arrive Victoria Falls and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon visit the Victoria Falls. Explore this land of potent beauty to discover one of the seven natural wonders of the world- the Victoria Falls. Journey to this magnificent place and witness the greatest mass of falling water on earth as it plunges down a sheer rock face, spraying its mystical mist hundreds of meters in the air. The Victoria Falls, (Mosi-Oa-Tunya, the smoke that Thunders), without a doubt, constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. You can gaze at the mighty Zambezi as it flows, broad and placid to the brink of basalt lip seventeen hundred meters wide before taking a headlong plunge into the frothy chasm of the gorge below.
Day 08: Victoria Falls
Morning is free for optional helicopter ride (subject to weather condition and availability) over the Victoria Falls. Afternoon enjoy the elephant back safari. An elephant back safari is not just a ride on the largest animal in Africa, it's an unforgettable experience where you get to interact with the elephants as well as enjoy a ride through wilderness areas and beautiful river scenery. Whilst on the ride, you may see other wild elephant as well as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and a host of other plains game. Along the Zambezi River, Hippo and crocodile are common and there is a wide variety of bird species. Each elephant has its own handler and clients will leave having witnessed the elephant's incredible skills, intelligence and willingness to respond to instruction.
Day 09: Victoria Falls Chobe National Park, Botswana Victoria Falls
Early morning after breakfast, drive to Chobe National Park in Botswana – home of the great African elephants. Cross over the border into Botswana by road. Arrive in Chobe National Park and proceed on tour of Chobe National Park. Enjoy a full day safari at Chobe National Park in Botswana that will bring you closer to African elephants. Elephants are a permanent feature of this beautiful region and the rest of Africa's magnificent creatures also abound. After lunch at the Lodge, enjoy the Jungle Safari in the Chobe National Park. The park is probably best known for its spectacular elephant population: 70,000 elephants today, it is actually the highest elephant concentration of Africa. Moreover, most of them are probably part of the largest continuous surviving elephant population on Earth. The elephant population seems to have solidly built up since 1990, from a few thousand. They have not been affected by the massive illicit exploitation of the 1970s and 1980s. One thing is a given in Chobe: just a brief drive along any of its roads quickly reveals a torn branch, a trumpeting call, an enormous grey shape ghosting out of the bush ...all the unmistakable signs that this is elephant territory. At Chobe, you can get so close to elephants that you can hear the deep rumblings as they communicate with each other. With an estimated population of around 70 000, Loxodontaafricanais both plentiful and, because of tight restrictions on hunting, remarkably tolerant of a traveler’s attention. In the evening return to your hotel in Victoria Falls.
Day 10: Victoria Falls Johannesburg
After breakfast, transfer to Victoria Falls airport in Zimbabwe to connect flight to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to hotel.
Day 11: Johannesburg Nairobi
Transfer to airport for flight to Nairobi, Kenya. Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to hotel
Day12: Nairobi Masai Mara National Park
Drive toMasai Mara National park. Arrive in the afternoon and check in at the Lodge. Afternoon jungle safari into the Masai Mara National Park will be the highlight of the day. Wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelle migrate into and occupy the Mara reserve, from the Serengeti plains to the south and Loita plains in the pastoral ranches to the north-east, from July to October or later. Herds of all three species are also resident in the reserve. Keep an eye on the Big Fives (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhinoceros
Day13: Masai Mara National Park
Masai Mara- Kenya’s world famous wildlife National Park has over 450 species of animals and birds. The Masai Mara is home to a great wildlife spectacle, as sometime between August and November more than two million wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti in search of water and grazing.
Day14: Masai Mara Nairobi New York
Drive to Nairobi airport for flight to New York.
Day15: Arrive in New York
Arrive this afternoon in New York with happy memories of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Kenya
Book your Tour 120 Days in advance and recieve US $ 200 per person Early Bird Discount
AIR & LAND COST:
(PER PERSON RATES BASED ON SHARING A TWIN/DOUBLE ROOM)
US $ 5990.00 per person
Single Room supplement US $ 1990 per person
Please read all the terms and conditions carefully before filling in the Tour Booking form and mailing your deposits.
Our Air and Land Tour Cost includes:
- International airfare from New York to Africa and back in coach class on our selected scheduled airline
- Domestic airfare within Africa in coach class as per program on our selected scheduled airline.
- Deluxe/First class hotel/Lodge accommodation based on sharing Twin or Double standard room as per the hotels/lodges in the program or similar category
- Buffet breakfast daily at the hotel/Lodge as per the program.
- Buffet or Family style/ 3 Course table serving dinner as per the program at the hotel/Lodge.
- All transfers, game viewing, sightseeing and excursion tours as per program with English speaking guide.
- Chauffeur driven deluxe motor coach with air-conditioning at all places except at the Jungle Safari where 4 x 4 jeep or mini van will be provided.
- Entrance fee to the places of visit, National Park fee
- Airport taxes
NOT INCLUDED: Visa fee, any meals not mentioned above, Travel Insurance, any baggage handling fee/gratuity, mineral water, any beverages alcoholic or non-alcoholic, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, room service, any increase in airfare or government imposed taxes, any other items not mentioned in the tour inclusion list.TRAVEL INSURANCE: We strongly recommend that you obtain a comprehensive Travel Insurance coverage, including but not limited to trip cancellation, delay, loss of deposit, medical expenses, personal accidents and death, loss of baggage, personal belongings. “Cancel for Any Reason” travel insurance policy is one option that you must discuss with your Travel Insurance Company, as it offers a wider range of coverage if you cancel for any reason. Most Travel Insurance companies want you to buy insurance at the time of making your initial tour deposit to obtain the best coverage. Please contact and discuss all options available to you from the Travel Insurance companies of your choice before signing up on the tour.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND: Once booked, the Tour involves a cancellation penalty if it is cancelled by you for any reason or for any circumstances beyond the control of Pollina Tours & Travel, Inc, its agents, and its service providers. We highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance policy from the travel insurance company of your choice, covering all eventualities including, but not limited to, trip delay, trip cancellation, medical evacuation, illness, disease, death, accident etc that can protect yourself from cancellation penalties, in case the tour is cancelled by you or due to circumstances beyond the control of Pollina Tours, its agents, or service providers.
An administrative fee of US $ 500.00 per person will be charged for any cancellation once the tour is booked. A 25% cancellation fee on total tour cost will be charged if the bookings are cancelled between 89-60 days prior to departure. A 50% cancellation fee on total tour cost will be charged if the bookings are cancelled between 59-30 days prior to departure. A 75% cancellation fee on total tour cost will be charged if the bookings are cancelled between 29-03 days prior to departure. For a later cancellation, or for any unutilized services, no refund will be permissible. It is mandatory for passenger to make all cancellations in writing, stating the reason for cancellation and same must be received in our office on a prompt basis. Most refunds generally take 6-8 weeks to process.
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS : It is the sole responsibility of each passenger/tourist to obtain and verify that all of their travel documents, such as passport, visa, and airline tickets, vaccination requirements, etc are in order and meets the guidelines to embark on the trip.
HEALTH: You must consult with your physician every important aspect of your health related issues, including vaccinations such as Yellow Fever, Hepatitis, malaria prophylaxis etc. to ensure that you are in good health to engage in overseas travel. Please note: all our overseas tours require considerable walking and driving, sometimes on uneven, dusty and bumpy road conditions. You may also need to take stairs and inclines during the tour. No individual assistance to passengers requiring wheelchair can be provided, as many places may not be wheelchair accessible and may be challenging for the physically handicapped. For Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s hotline for international travelers at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) or via the CDC’s Internet site, at http://www.cdc.gov/travel For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, please consult the World Health Organization’s (WHO) web site. All passengers are personally responsible to ensure that they are medically fit to travel.
GROUP HOTEL BOOKING: POLLINA TOURS makes the booking of the hotel in the specified hotel in “Standard” twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms or “Standard” double bedded (one double bed) room with private facilities, unless you have specifically requested and paid for an upgraded room category. Special requests, such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis.
GROUP DINNER BOOKING: : POLLINA TOURS make the reservation for the Group Dinner arrangements at the hotel or local restaurants based on the hotel or restaurant’s Buffet or Set dinner menu basis policy. All efforts are made to offer Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian menu choice to the Group members. However, Pollina Tours cannot make multiple dinner menu request based on each group members’ individual request, likings and disliking.
RESPONSIBILITY: Pollina Tours & Travel, Inc. and/or their agents give notice that all tickets, vouchers and the coupons issued by them and all arrangements for transportation or for conveyance/hotel accommodation, sightseeing, excursions, etc, made by them, as AGENTS of the passenger upon the express condition that they shall not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss , accident, death, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason or defect of any vehicle, or through the act or default of any person or company engaged in conveying or housing the passengers or in connection therewith, or of any hotel proprietor or employee. Pollina Tour and/ or their agents can accept no responsibility for cancellation penalties or losses or incidental expenses due to delay or change in schedules of airline, rail, motor coach, cruise or any transportation companies etc, hotel overbooking or default, sickness, injury, death, weather, strike, political or social unrest, disease, epidemic, pandemic, terrorism, natural calamities, quarantine or any other causes beyond the control of Pollina Tours & Travel, its agents and suppliers of services. All such losses or incidental expenses will have to be borne by the passengers. Baggage is at owner’s risk throughout the tour. Obtaining a suitable travel insurance policy to cover the medical and non-medical eventualities from any Travel Insurance company of your choice is solely the responsibility of each passenger/tourist booked on our tour. Pollina Tours & Travel reserves the right to accept or reject any person as tour participants, to expel any tour participants from the tour, to make changes in the itinerary whenever the company deems it is necessary for the comfort, safety and convenience of the participants or their agents/service providers. Although, all safety measures are taken by our suppliers to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe tour. However, our Service provider will require you to sign their responsibility form to not hold them responsible for any injury, accident, death, etc, caused to you during any adventure tourism activities, jungle safari, etc. which is beyond their control. All prices are quoted in US Dollars. The transportation, airlines, rail ,cruise, ferry companies, etc, concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or events during the time passengers are not on board their carriers and conveyance. The passenger’s contract in use by the airline carrier, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the transportation company and the purchaser of the Tour(s) and/or passengers. Typically, check- in time at the hotels is 3:00 PM and check out time is 12 noon. Sequence of the itinerary is subject to change, due to circumstances beyond our control.