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Women's Small Group Tour to South Africa  October 2017 

South Africa is a stunning country with remarkable diverse regions to explore and discover. Join us on our curated, authentic, one of a kind journey in October 2017 which is one of the best times to visit when it’s springtime in South Africa.  You will arrive in Johannesburg where we will begin with a tour of Nelson Mandela’s former home and visit the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Cradle of Humankind site.  We then travel north and spend three nights experiencing the wonder of safari days in a pristine environment comfortably perched at our small private family owned safari lodge on an exquisite  private reserve in the northern wilderness within Kruger National Park.  To experience the notable Big Five, we will savor private, twice daily, expert ranger lead trackers in the bush.  We have included both the stunning panorama route and the memorable garden route to continue our days exploring prior to arriving in the Cape Town region and wandering the world renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden.  Join Serendipity Traveler’s tour to South Africa and meet the locals, support  women’s artisan cooperatives, and garner fresh perspectives as we travel authentically with our native local resources mapping an excellent route.



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Johannesburg

With our local guide, you will explore the wilds and wonders of South Africa on this journey offering you an in depth sampler of South Africa.  We arrive in Johannesburg where we will visit Soweto, tour Nelson Mandela's home, and begin to immerse ourselves in all the things South Africa offers.  The Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage site, sets the stage for discovering the ancient roots of humankind in South Africa with Palaeo anthropologists in the veld where fascinating fossils and history come alive for us. The Cradle of Humankind was chosen by National Geographic as a place to see in 2017.   Enroute, we pass through a reserve of Lion’s and Rhino’s.  The Mahboneng Precint is filled with galleries, shops, and cafes to whet our taste of South African art, food, and local scenes.  Pretoria Botanical Gardens and our first women’s artist cooperative in Mapula will round out our days in Johannesburg before departing for our private days on Safari in a private reserve.

Kruger Safari

We depart Jborg for the renowned Kruger National Park and our days of Safari perched at a small family owned distinctive lodge where the rangers will sensitively and expertly lead us on safari each day.  I have selected our lodge in a pristine environment away from the crowds in a private reserve within the vast Kruger National Park.  We will immerse ourselves in this captivating landscape and have the option to take bush walks with the tracker.  Experience all the comforts you expect from Serendipity Traveler amidst an unforgettable region.

Panorama Route


 

The province of Mpumalanga is in the northeast province of South Africa.  Here lies one of the most beautiful regions of the continent.  One of the world’s best driving routes, the panorama route, will take us through the lush valleys, magnificent mountains, and the region known as the green canyon of South Africa.  Notably, the Blyde River Canyon known as the green grand canyon is spectacular.  We will travel this route stopping to walk and view some of South Africa’s grandeur.
 

Durban


 

Brimming with the memories of the stunning panorama route, we arrive in Durban to visit the Phansi Museum and the collection of Zulu artifacts housed in an old British colonial villa.  Meandering in the Makaranga Gardens and touring the Ammazulu African Palace continues our cultural experiences.  The Hillcrest Aids center is an inspiring project we will visit that offers a chance to learn more and also see exquisite African beadworks in their notable workshop.  We depart from Durban via included flight south to the renowned Garden Route.

The Garden Route


 

We arrive in George and take a short ride to Kynsa and the Western Cape Province which is known for its lagoon, after which the town was named, and the stunning coast.  Kynsa is a forested town by the sea that offers us lots to discover.  We will visit the Featherbed Nature reserve and walk amidst the coastal forest with the richness of the flora and fauna.  Exploring ancient sea caves, we will acquaint ourselves with the coast here and perhaps visit a nearby Elephant reserve and savour time at our award winning eco forest lodge as we settle in for an optional spa treatment amidst the tropical woodland setting.  Kynsa, on the famed garden route, is a gem on South Africa’s colorful garden route where spring flowers will be blooming in October.

Enroute to Cape Town


 

We overnight in Schooneoordt and continue on to Swellendam, a small town with lovely Cape Dutch Architecture, before we settle in the pastoral idyllic Constantia Valley for the duration of our journey in South Africa.  You will visit the notable Table Mountain, historical Robben Island, and world renowned  Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in the Cape Town region.  We will tour the private garden of Henk Scholtz that is featured in BBC around the world in 80 gardens in Franschhoek.  Our farewell dinner in Cape Town will bring your one of a kind trip to a close with departure from the Cape Town airport brimming with diverse memories of the people, landscape and arts of South Africa.
 


 


Our South Africa itinerary weaves a blend of city, rural, coast, and magnificent country.  You will experience a stunning sampler of South Africa on this trip that is expertly timed in the months of October and November.  Our accommodations are perfectly perched to give you the most comfort while introducing the culture of South Africa.

 

 

 

Serendipity Traveler, a bespoke tour company for women traveling alone, offers itineraries that are thoughtfully crafted to provide women with the best traveling experiences wherever we go.  The curated itinerary gives you a generous idea of what to look forward to and what to plan on.  There will be spontaneous elements that will happen as we travel.  You will add the rest when letting the essence of serendipity weave a rich tapestry of memories long after we all have said goodbye.  Serendipity Traveler offers all women personal service, unparalleled value, and exceptionally fine travel in small groups.

 

Our small group women's 2017 one of a kind tour to South Africa is 15 days and includes comfortable boutique accommodations with your own private room and no additional single supplement fee for solo travelers. $11,975.00.*  Walking tours, all private touring with excellent, local guides including Johannesburg, four days of  Safari in private reserve, in Kruger National Park, Touring The Panorama Route, Durban, The Garden Route, Kynsa, Constantia Valley and Cape Town.  Guided visits to numerous landmarks and stunning locations of interest, National Parks, waterfalls, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and local women’s artisan’s cooperatives.  All breakfasts, lunches and our welcome and farewell dinners are included.  Flights within South Africa will be arranged for your convenience and to use our travel time well. The cost of flights within South Africa is not included.  Reserve now for this exceptional tour and experience spring in South Africa in October 2017.


*The final tour price may be adjusted to reflect any change in the South African Rand one month prior to departure. We don’t expect this to be necessary.  


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