South African Sojourn (IQS)

9 Day Package from Cape Town to Johannesburg

Lions and rhinos and cheetahs—oh, my. Oh, yeah…and elephants and giraffes and impala and even penguins! Step out of the ordinary and into Africa for a vacation that will leave you in awe! This 9-day Monograms vacation to South Africa is as fantastic as they come, introducing you to everything that makes this country so unique. Your Monograms adventure includes a choice of accommodations, private guided sightseeing, shared game drives, breakfast daily, and two lunches. Plus, in Cape Town and Johannesburg a Local Host® is at your service—a friendly face and expert on the local scene who ensures your vacation runs smoothly, answers your questions, and helps you personalize your experience. And on safari, you’ll have experienced Rangers and game trackers with you on all game drives.

From the moment you take your first step, the Monograms difference becomes apparent. Your vacation begins in Cape Town, where we can pick you up at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Dig into a delicious included breakfast the next morning before a private guided tour with your Local Host featuring a cable-car ride to the top of Table Mountain for spectacular views of Cape Town. Next, descend from the mountain to the ocean as you visit Boulders Beach with its delightful colony of African penguins. Lastly, explore beautiful Cape Point Nature Reserve—home to Cape Point, the southwesternmost point on the continent. The following day is free to explore on your own or you can join an optional excursion. Consider a visit to the beautiful Cape winelands for a magical day winery visits and tastings. From June to December you can also choose to go whale-watching in Hermanus, the self-proclaimed whale-watching capital of the world.

Next, travel to the Kruger National Park area, where we transfer you to your lodge in a private game reserve. From here, head out multiple times with a professional Ranger in search of Africa's “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. You’re sure to encounter many other species as well. Cap off each day with refreshing included sundowner drinks, the perfect way to relax and reflect as the sun sets over the beautiful South Africa landscape. Finally, embark a quick flight to Johannesburg, where your Local Host will welcome and acquaint you with the world’s largest city not situated on a river, lake, or coastline.

Private sightseeing takes you inside the fascinating Apartheid Museum, SOWETO, and the former home of Nelson Mandela—and features lunch at a local “Joburg” restaurant.

From start to finish, Monograms’ South African Sojourn is an incredible journey, with accommodations, guides, sightseeing, and transportation already included! With the time saved and the comfort of knowing you have a local there to assist you throughout your vacation, you’ll be one happy traveler!


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

Local Hosts in Cape Town & Johannesburg; professional Ranger & game tracker in the Kruger National Park area

Meals Included

American breakfast daily; 4 lunches; 3 dinners

Sightseeing & Activities

Private sightseeing and shared game drives, as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2018 / 2019

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Monograms makes Africa come alive by including six game drives in a private game reserve in the Kruger National Park area during your vacation—the perfect opportunity to see the Big 5 in the wild!

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Welcome to South Africa! Arrive late in the evening and check in to your hotel.

DAY
2
CAPE TOWN

Start your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR with a CABLE-CAR RIDE up Table Mountain (weather permitting). Here, enjoy stunning views of the city and surrounding area. Next, stop at Boulders Beach and visit a COLONY OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUINS, known for the unique sound they make. After lunch, continue on to CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwesternmost point of the African continent, for incredible panoramic views. On your return journey, skirt the rocky coastline as you ascend Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular drives in the world, then continue through the fishing village of Hout Bay. The evening is at your leisure in Cape Town.

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DAY
3
CAPE TOWN

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Your Local Host is happy to make recommendations.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
4
CAPE TOWN–KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA

Today, fly to the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA and transfer to your lodge in a private game reserve. The Kruger area is famous for its abundance of wildlife, so you have a great chance to see the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Other animals you may see include kudu, impala, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, wildebeest, bushbaby, and more! This afternoon, embark on your first GAME DRIVE and stop for a SUNDOWNER DRINK as the sun sets over the bushveld.

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DAYS
5-6
KRUGER AREA

Enjoy two full days of game viewing in this wondrous land. Wake up early for a MORNING GAME DRIVE in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive Land Rover. Your skilled, professional Ranger will help you learn about this special ecosystem as you view wildlife up close. After breakfast at your lodge, take advantage of free time to swim, read, or enjoy a drink at the bar. Tea will be served prior to your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. As the sun sets, stop for a SUNDOWNER DRINK in the bush. Return to your lodge in time to freshen up before dinner.

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DAY
7
KRUGER AREA–JOHANNESBURG

Enjoy one last GAME DRIVE this morning before flying to Johannesburg. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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DAY
8
JOHANNESBURG

Today’s PRIVATE SIGHTSEEING TOUR starts with a visit to the unforgettable APARTHEID MUSEUM. Here, you will learn about the founding of South Africa before delving into the apartheid years. Continue on to SOWETO (South Western Township), the largest township in the country. You will see the Hector Pieterson Memorial, dedicated to the 12-year-old boy killed by police during a demonstration in 1976, and the neighborhood that was home to Nobel Peace Prize winners Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. Visit MANDELA HOUSE to gain perspective on life here. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before transferring back to your hotel for time at leisure.

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DAY
9
JOHANNESBURG

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Transportation

Private vehicle; Kruger National Park area: shared 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle carries a maximum of nine people; private (Cape Town & Johannesburg) or shared (Kruger area) airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included.

Included Hotels

Cape Town
Kruger National Park Area
Johannesburg

StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl

54 Bree Street
Cape Town, South Africa

Check-in - -
Check-out - -

With modern amenities, warm hospitality, a perfect location, StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl is an easy choice when deciding on where to stay in Cape Town. Located on the vibrant corner of Bree and Strand Street, visitors can take advantage of the hotel¿s proximity to popular city neighborhoods and cultural sites.

Location & Highlights

Perfectly located in the heart of the city close to shops, restaurants, and attractions.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Air Conditioning

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl has 302 fresh and stylish rooms. All rooms are equipped with in-room controlled air conditioning, free Wi-Fi (daily limit), a work desk, and large in-room safe.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Cape Town
Kruger National Park Area
Johannesburg

Southern Sun The Cullinan

1 Cullinan Street
Cape Town, South Africa

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

Southern Sun The Cullinan offers travelers easy access to all that Cape Town has to offer including the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Complementing the rich, cultural heritage of Cape Town through timeless architecture, the opulent décor creates a mood that is a world away from home, while service and attention to detail ensure your every need is taken care of.

Location & Highlights

Ideally located within a short distance to the world-renowned V&A Waterfront and the Cape Town CBD.

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Smoking Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Business Center
  • Pool
The 394 stately guestrooms are elegantly decorated with rich finishes and furnishings, luxurious bathrooms, and all the in room amenities to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible.

SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl

23 Buitengracht St
Cape Town, South Africa

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This hip, centrally located hotel features a stylish rooftop bar and pool, a restaurant, gym, and guestrooms with complimentary Wi-Fi and modern amenities.

Location & Highlights

Situated on the corner of Buitengracht and Strand Street, SunSquare City Bowl is a hot new property in Cape Town's city center.

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • ATM
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
Bright, modern, and spacious guestrooms come fully appointed with air-conditioning, minibar, coffee/tea-making facilities, cable/satellite TV, an in-room safe, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more.

The Table Bay Hotel

Quay 6
Cape Town, South Africa

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - -

Located in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the hub of one of the world's most picturesque working harbors and close to the arrival point for cruise liners, this breathtaking hotel combines the elegance of the stunning neo-Victorian architecture with traditional hospitality. The rooms command magnificent views over the bay to famous Robben Island, and inwards to the city and the iconic outline of Table Mountain.

Location & Highlights

The hotel is located in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with its shopping, restaurants, and bars.

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Television
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Mini-bar
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Window Opens
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Ice Machine
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
The Table Bay Hotel is synonymous with luxurious style and opulence, and the Twin Rooms reflect this beauty in their décor and furnishings. Each of these rooms contains 2 twin beds alongside each other and an ensuite bathroom with marble topped vanity and a large walk in shower. The rooms are spacious with walk in cupboards, armoires and writing desks. Guests also have access to the latest telephonic and broadband technology; color satellite remote controlled TV and radio. There is also a butler station, honor bar, computerized safe, hairdryers, self-controlled air-conditioning and heating, universal adaptor socket (Voltage 220V) as well as 24-hour in room dining.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Cape Town

Cape Town

Cape Winelands

Sample wine and explore the picturesque valleys and vineyards in the beautiful Cape Winelands outside of Cape Town.

Price Range: $$

Hermanus Whale Watching (Private)

Journey to Hermanus, one of the world's whale-watching meccas, for your chance to see the rare southern right whale.

Price Range: $$$$

Cape Malay Cooking Safari

Visit the historic Bo-Kaap, or Cape Malay area, where you will learn about the culture and visit a local home for a cooking class.

Price Range: $$

Insider

Cape Town
Johannesburg

Cape Town

Meet Lionel, one of your Local Hosts in Cape Town, South AfricaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Cape Town, South Africa. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Cape Town and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Cape Town and South Africa insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

Robert has been involved in tourism for almost 30 years. He began his career as a driver and when that was not enough to fill his desire for tourism, he began his studies to become a tour guide. With numerous years of experience in travel and tourism, Robert continues to delight everyone he meets by sharing his passion for travel. He is eager to share his extensive knowledge of South Africa to give travellers an experience of a lifetime!

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, Kirstenbosch is rated as one of the most magnificent botanical gardens in the world. It is actually part of a larger nature reserve that is dedicated to preserving the diverse flora of this region and other parts of South Africa. It is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. This is a must visit while in Cape Town if you love plants or learning about unique habitats.

Bo-Kaap

Also known as the "Cape Malay Quarter" this lively Cape Town neighborhood is famous for its colorful houses, ranging from lime-green and pink to orange. Founded by former slaves in the 1750s, it has a fascinating history and is a true melting pot of cultures. Walk through the neighborhood and absorb the atmosphere and consider stopping for a traditional Malay meal at a local restaurant or visit the Bo-Kaap Museum to learn more about the history of the neighborhood and the people that call it home.

District Six Museum

This moving and informative museum documents the history of this vibrant area that was bulldozed during the Apartheid years. Through the use of photographs and testimonials the moving story of the 60,000 people who were forcibly displaced comes to life. For history buffs this is the one museum in Cape Town that is not to be missed.

Cape Town Diamond Museum

Did someone say diamonds? South Africa has storied history of diamond mining that is chronicled at this museum. Diamonds were discovered in South Africa in 1867 and within ten years 95% of the worldwide supply was coming from this rugged country at the southern tip of Africa. From the birth of a stone to the final polishing to colorful characters the story of diamonds in South Africa is a fascinating one. Add to that the convenient location in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and it is easy to add this to your visit.

Johannesburg

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Johannesburg, South AfricaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Johannesburg, South Africa. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Johannesburg and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Johannesburg and South Africa insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

Ian is a proud South African who has been guiding since 1999. Ian loves animals and over the years he has obtained a comprehensive knowledge of the animals of South Africa, their habits and environments; especially whales, great white sharks and elephants. Ian’s diverse career history stretches from working in the largest winery in South Africa, owning and running an advertising company for 10 years, to selling power transmission equipment from USA. As a tour-guide Ian feels he has found his niche in life and that is to show visitors a truly wonderful country!

Newtown

Newtown Cultural Precinct is where some of Johannesburg’s hot and happening cultural scene can be found. At the heart of Newtown sits the famous Museum Africa as well as the Market Theatre complex. Newtown is part of the inner city regeneration project and promises to be Joburg’s most popular tourist hotspot.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

This nature reserve features over 600 species of flowering plants, 210 species of birds, as well as a number of reptiles and small mammals.

Days of Gold

Spend a day at the famous Gold Reef City, where you can go underground on a mine exploration and relive the old gold rush days of Johannesburg.

Union Buildings

Designed by British architect Sir Herbert Baker Built in 1913 to accommodate the offices of the Prime Minister the buildings now house the offices of the State President. Set in terraced gardens modeled on the famous Villa d’Este at Tivoli near Rome, Italy, you can take in magnificent views of the city or visit the Delville Wood memorial commemorating South African soldiers who died in the Battle of Delville Wood in World War I.

In nearby Pretoria

Kruger House

President Paul Kruger lived in a house situated just three blocks from Church Square, from 1884 until 1900. The Victorian gabled house – which represents a simplified version of the neo-Gothic style - is a museum and displays his furniture, stagecoach, private railway coach and all of his personal effects. A few hundred meters to the west, is Pretoria’s Old Cemetery, Helde Akker (heroes’ acre) where President Kruger lies buried.

Museum Heartland

Pretoria offers a number of fantastic museums, grouped together as Museum Park. Why not visit the Natural Cultural History Museum of Science and Technology, the Transvaal Museum and the GeoScience Museum, to mention just a few.

Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site

Perched conspicuously on top of one of the many hills that surround the city of Pretoria, is the imposing Voortrekker Monument. This enormous granite construction commemorates the Voortrekkers (pioneers) who trekked from the Cape, between 1835 and 1854, in search of independence from British rule.

Tswaing Meteorite Crater

Situated 40 km to the northwest of Pretoria, the Tswaing Meteorite Crater is known as the Pretoria Saltpan. One of the best-preserved meteorite craters in the world, this crater is home to a few stone artifacts of the Late Stone Age as well as an impressive wetland.

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Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $700. Required intra-vacation air segments are Cape Town/Kruger Area; Kruger Area/Johannesburg. Air prices were effective on July 11, 2018 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.

2020 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2019.

NOTES:

  • All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
  • Consult with your physician for the latest health requirements for travel to South Africa.
  • We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough while driving on/off game park trails.
  • Due to airline restrictions, your suitcase cannot exceed 44 lbs.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).