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Serious Fun in South Africa

Hiking, Shark Diving, Blackwater Tubing, a Thrilling Walking Safari, and More!

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $7395  
Length: 13 days
Arrive: Cape Town, South Africa
Depart: Johannesburg, South Africa
Lodging: 10 nights hotels and lodges, 2 nights safari camp
Meals: all meals included except 3 dinners
Activity: Safaris
Trip Level: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures
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Highlights

  • Full-day hike on iconic Table Mountain
  • Shark-cage diving at Gansaii Peninsula
  • Tandem sky diving over the Cape Peninsula
  • Zip-lining at Tsitsikamma
  • River tubing in the dramatic gorge of the Storms River
  • Thrilling walking safari in Greater Kruger National Park

Choosing the Right Trip

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Join our Trip Leader Extraordinaire Martin Meyer for an adrenaline-filled journey that celebrates the spectacular beauty and immense variety of South Africa, complete with hiking, shark diving, tandem sky diving, river tubing, and a thrilling walking safari! South Africa’s unique geography of rugged peaks, golden savannas, dazzling coastlines, and eight major ecological zones—together with a mosaic of fascinating cultures—has given it the nickname “A world in one country.” We set out to enjoy that world in fantastically adventurous (but safe!) ways as we hike across iconic Table Mountain, don wetsuits to go cage-diving amid great white sharks, jump out of a plane at 9,000 feet on a tandem sky-dive over the spectacular Cape Peninsula, and float by inner tube down the dramatic gorge of the Storms River to the turquoise Indian Ocean. Our grand finale is an unforgettable walking safari in a private game reserve in Greater Kruger National Park, one of the world’s greatest wildlife paradises, with unforgettable overnights in a secluded tented camp under the star-filled African sky. If you were looking for an Africa “bucket list” journey, this is it!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-4
Cape Town / Table Mountain Hike / Shark Dive / Tandem Sky Dive

Cape Town’s flat-topped peak known as Table Mountain dominates the northern end of the Cape Peninsula with its dramatic cliffs and gorges. We enjoy a full-day hike on this famed mountain, then head out for a thrilling “shark dive” at Gansaii Bay, a chance to watch great white sharks up close from the safety of a diving cage. Our next adrenaline experience is a spectacular morning tandem sky dive over the famed scenery of the Cape Peninsula, followed by a relaxing tour along the Cape Peninsula all the way to the Cape of Good Hope.

Days 5-9
Tsitsikamma National Park / Hiking / River Tubing / Zip Line

On South Africa’s lush Garden Route, we swim at wilderness beaches, ferry out to Featherbed Nature Reserve, ride a zip line, and go inner-tubing on the Storms River, a wet and wild adventure that includes swimming, rock hopping, and floating down small rapids. On Day 9, relax with a sunset cruise on peaceful Da Gama Lake in the lowveld.

Days 10-13
Greater Kruger National Park / Walking Safari / Field Camp / Tanda Tula

We head to world-renowned Greater Kruger National Park, home to one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on the African continent. On two-day walking safari with specialist game-trackers, we experience African wildlife on foot and up close, the way the early explorers did. Two overnights are at Tanda Tula Field Camp, where we share stories around the campfire and sleep in walk-in safari tents under the star-filled African sky. Our final night is in elegant Tanda Tula Lodge, one of the most luxurious lodges in all South Africa, set amid a vast African wilderness. Depart on Day 13 via Johannesburg.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated as Level 3. It is a hotel-and-lodge-based adventure with a variety of vigorous activities, from hiking and shark-cage diving to tandem sky-diving and river tubing. We begin with a full-day 5-6 hour hike on Table Mountain. Although you carry only a daypack on the hike, there are a steep ascents and descents on the trails, so for your own enjoyment, you should have hiking experience. On the shark-cage dive, you will don your wetsuit and jump a short distance off the deck into the shark cage to look for sharks (or watch from the deck if you prefer). On the tandem sky dive, you will be harnessed to a professional sky diver for a thrilling jump, and no previous experience is required. On the zipline, you will be securely harnessed to a steel cable and pull yourself along with pulleys. On the morning of river tubing, you will float by inner tube over small rapids, rock hop, and hike. On the walking safari at Tanda Tula, the pace is leisurely and the distances are not long. For two nights at Tanda Tula Field Camp, we sleep in large walk-in tents with beds, enjoying a chance to wake to the sounds of an African dawn. An experienced camp manager and his staff see to the daily operations of the camp, with meals served by the staff either in a dining tent or under the stars.

The activities on this trip are designed for people who are in good health, have no mobility restrictions, and are adventurous in body and spirit. Although they are an integral part of the fun of the trip, you are free to skip a day’s activity if you choose. The shape you’re in will be an important factor in your enjoyment of the trip. Daily brisk walking or regular hiking, jogging, biking, or stair-climbing are excellent for preparing for the trip.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures

2014
Sep 1-13, 2014

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
$7395 (7-8 members)
$7895 (5-6 members)
Single supplement: $695
Forced single supplement: $495
Internal airfare: $720 (subject to change)
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader
  • Specialist guides and equipment provided for shark-cage dive on Day 3, tandem sky-dive on Day 4, canopy zipline on Day 7, and blackwater tubing on Day 8
  • Accommodations as noted
  • all meals included except 3 dinners
  • Entrance fees as part of the itinerary
  • Land transportation and airport transfers

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day, optional gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $250 per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.