South Africa

South Africa practically bowls visitors over with its abundance of natural splendor, exotic wildlife, cosmopolitan flair, and friendly faces — and this luxury tour brings it all to you like never before!

No expense was spared in creating this absolutely iconic, once-in-a-lifetime itinerary – including a safari in Kruger National Park, a wine day in the vineyards of Stellenbosch, three days in dazzling Cape Town, and a swim in legendary Victoria Falls. By the end of our time together, you'll understand what makes this part of the world so extraordinary, and with memories that you're sure to treasure for years to come!

This is truly a colorful kaleidoscope experience of a lifetime, made even more unique when shared with like-minded Dames. Join us!

Please Note: The deposit for this trip is $2,000.

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$7,999.00

August 17-27, 2024

Per person based on double occupancy. Solo Rooms available.

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Picture Yourself

  • Seeing the Big 5 on a luxury Safari
  • Swimming in Devil's Pool on the edge of Victoria Falls
  • Exploring colorful, exciting Cape Town
  • Sipping wine with female winemakers in the Stellenbosh region
  • Discovering the complex history of South Africa on a female-led township tour


Day by Day

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11

Day 1: Arrival in Johannesburg

Welcome to South Africa!

After your arrival at OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), take a shuttle to the hotel which is only a few minutes away from the airport. As flights typically arrive in the later afternoon/ early evening, there is nothing on the agenda today other than arriving and getting settled into your hotel for some much-need rest!

Meals: -

Hotel: Premier Hotel, OR Tambo

Day 2: Fly to Hoedspruit + Kruger National Park

This morning we're departing from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Airport, your gateway to Kruger National Park.

Upon arrival, we will be picked up by the Lodge's Transport from Hoedspruit Airport and transferred to Hollitp Simbavati Lodge, about a 1.5-hour drive. Enjoy a welcome drink and a light lunch then settle in and enjoy the views.

Our first Game Drive will start around 4 p.m. and our experienced guides will share all the sights and sounds of the bush with you. As the sun sets your drive will continue with the guides using searchlights to show you those elusive nocturnal animals.

The lodge we are staying in while here, Simbavati Hilltop Lodge, is really something special!

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is situated in Timbavati Game Reserve on a beautiful small koppie, an ideal vantage point for stunning views of the Nhlaralumi River and the distant foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range. A pure authentic, tranquil safari experience in pavilion-style luxury tents. The Simbavati Hilltop Lodge boasts breathtaking views from eight individual luxurious tents, specifically arranged to create a unique village feel. Privacy is guaranteed thanks to the careful placement of the tented suites, ensuring an intimate and unforgettable stay. Being a Private Game Reserve, our rangers can take you off-road for close-up sightings.

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Day 3: Safari

Early in the morning when the sun is creeping over the horizon and a cacophony of bird calls herald a new day, enjoy a rusk & coffee before embarking on your first Game Drive of the Day.

After, come back and relax before our afternoon game drive that begins around 4 p.m. and into the evening. From the echoing call of the Monotonous Lark to the infectious greeting of a pack of Wild Dogs reuniting after a hunt, you will see and hear things that only a safari in the African bush can deliver.

Being a Private Game Reserve, our rangers can take you off-road for close-up sightings.

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Day 4: Safari

You never know what a safari will bring you! Today you'll have a morning and afternoon drive to get out and see what animals are out and about. There's nothing quite like an African bush safari and this experience will delight you!

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Day 5: Fly to Cape Town

Today we're departing to Cape Town, the Mother City.

After your last early morning Game Drive and breakfast, you'll be taken to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Cape Town. After arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by Nita Payne, your welcoming hostess.

Pick up at the airport with arranged transport and check into the Commodore Hotel in Cape Town.

With panoramic views of Table Bay and Table Mountain, The Commodore is decorated in a nautical theme. It features an outdoor swimming pool and sauna, fitness, and massage facilities.

Rooms are all air-conditioned, with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and a private bathroom. There is a 24-hour room service and a 24-hour reception, making sure you always have someone on hand to assist you.

Spend the afternoon meandering about the waterfront just outside your door, have a rest, or book a treatment/massage to curb the long flight.

Dinner on our first night will be at the Quarter Kitchen Restaurant, where we will have our introduction to true Cape Malay Cuisine. The restaurant is part of the Portswood Hotel which is located at the entrance of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The lobby and restaurant are built around a 300-year-old well and cells, which for over a century held prisoners on their way to Robben Island prison.

Meals: B, D

Hotel: Commodore Hotel

Day 6: Winelands tour + tasting with female winemaker

Today you will spend the day in the Historic Cape Winelands!

After breakfast at 7:30 am, we will depart with our guide Kim Dickson for Winelands.

Stellenbosch

Our first stop will be at the historical Stellenbosch estate Vergenoegd, est: 1773, to taste their delicious wines, learn a little bit about viticulture as you wander through the vines, and watch the daily duck parade. Vergenoegd is one of the oldest estates established in 1773 and has evolved many a farm ritual over the centuries. Already much-loved for its friendly welcome and famous Duck Parade.

Drawing on the rural way of life that defines the rhythm of an old estate, Vergenoegd has slowly been transformed to give visitors a first-hand experience of the skills and time-held knowledge that inform farming and winemaking. Their aim is to create a journey of unique experiences for each and every visitor, along with memories that last a lifetime.

After Vergenoegd, we'll drive through the beautiful university town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, on our way to your second stop, Mitre's Edge, a fabulous boutique winery with award-winning wines.

Wine tasting with female winemaker

Lola the owner/winemaker (one of the very few Female Cape Master Winemakers) will take us through the tasting. Lola's love for French-styled red wines will become evident during the tasting. This Boutique Estate only produces a relatively small amount of wine but its reputation for quality makes it very sought after.

After this stop, you should be hungry and we'll set off to visit the famous Fairview wine estate, for a cheese and wine pairing and a delicious lunch. Fairview is famous for its wine and cheese making and has beaten the French on many an occasion, at their own game, with its camembert and blue cheeses.

Lunch

Once we are finished lunch, we'll head on over to Villiera Estate, famous for its MCC (South African Champagne) for a cellar tour and a bubbly & handcrafted chocolate pairing.

Then we'll sing our way back to the hotel to be there between 17h30 and 18h00

The evening and dinner are at your leisure.

Meals: B, L

Hotel: Commodore Hotel

Day 7: Free Day in Cape Town

Today is your day to get into whatever your heart desires!

Cape Town is magical, and this trip has been pretty packed, so today is your day to chill.

Set at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans and backed by the iconic Table Mountain, the bustling city of Cape Town presents an alluring combination of drawcards. Incredible powdery white beaches, highly acclaimed wine routes, and astonishingly beautiful mountain trails surround a cosmopolitan hub. This diverse metropolis is filled with superb shops and restaurants, extraordinary heritage monuments, a multitude of entertainment venues, and a spectacular, chic waterfront harbor.

Highlights include the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art; Table Mountain's jaw-dropping views; Boulders Beach, where penguins might swim right up to you in the warm Indian ocean waters; the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where you can walk along a treetop canopy among incredible native flora or watch an open-air concert at the base of the mountain; Robben Island, where visitors can see the cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years; and many more.

Optional Activities You Might Enjoy

Robben Island

Robben Island, an iconic destination in Table Bay near Cape Town, holds a significant place in history spanning 400 years. Dubbed "The Island of Exiles," it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island's museum tells the compelling story of its past, offering visitors a profound understanding of its significance. Nelson Mandela, a towering figure in the fight against Apartheid, spent 18 years of his 27-year imprisonment on Robben Island. Beyond its historical importance, the island is also renowned for its diverse wildlife, including a colony of African Penguins. Exploring Robben Island allows travelers to appreciate its historical legacy while marveling at the beauty of its birdlife and immersing themselves in a truly unique experience.

Seal Snorkeling in Cape Town Seal Snorkeling in Cape Town is the ultimate wildlife experience for the adventurous. Plunge into the cool Atlantic ocean and snorkel with hundreds of playful Cape Fur seals. Interact with them in their environment and on their terms. This half-day excursion is for ocean lovers and will be the best activity you do on your visit to Cape Town, if the ocean conditions are suitable.

or Cape Town Ziplines

or Hike Table Mountain with a Guide (3-4 hours)

or Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour of Cape Town

Meals: B

Hotel: Commodore Hotel

Day 8: Cape Town and Township Tour

Today you will be immersed in the History of not only Cape Town but South Africa itself.  Stories of Trial & Tribulation, Glory, and Oppression. However, what will prevail is the never-ending pride, hope, and positive mental attitude of the Rainbow Nation.

Start the day with a hearty breakfast. Collection by our driver and guide, Sam Ntimba.

Sam will be our guide for the day, taking us through the itinerary, but will hand us over to a local female guide in Langa Township. This creates a source of income and a sense of pride in the local community.

Today our itinerary may be shifted around to accommodate the weather (Conditions must be good to make use of the cable car).

Table Mountain

Our first stop is Table Mountain where we will hop on the rotating state-of-the-art cable car. The ride is gentle, taking visitors from the lower station to the top in around 5 minutes. The view is absolutely magnificent!

You will be 3,500ft above the city where you will find rock hyrax, lizards, butterflies, and the odd porcupine. There is also a wide array of birdlife from eagles to sunbirds flying above great patches of fynbos, the Cape’s indigenous flora.

District Six Museum

Our next stop is the District Six Museum via the famous Bokaap with its colorful painted houses.

The District Six Museum pays tribute to this once colorful hub of musicians, artists, and the good and the bad gangsters. Engage with photographs, recordings, and testimonials, which offer further insight into the turbulence of apartheid. In between exhibitions, share the stories of District Six with engaging and friendly staff members, the majority of whom were displaced residents themselves, and have intimate and personal stories to share.

Lunch at the Lelapa Restaurant in Langa

Lelapa, which means ‘the home’ was established in October 1999, when Sheila and Monica Mahloane (mother and daughter) converted their home into a restaurant, serving traditional township cuisine to passing tourists.

Our Langa tour includes visits to the Shebeen, Hostels, a Pre-School, Traditional Healer, and the Robert Sobukwe Monument.

We will end our day driving through Bonteuhewel to Gugulethu before heading back to the Hotel.

Meals: B, L

Hotel: Commodore Hotel

Day 9: Fly to Zambia + Victoria Falls

Situated along the southern border of Zambia, Victoria Falls is a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River. It forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and stretches across almost two kilometers into a gorge over one hundred meters below - making it one of the world’s widest waterfalls. Dubbed ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ by locals, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular tourist destination for those visiting Zambia. It is world-renowned for its sheer beauty and offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in spectacular landscapes inhabited by abundant wildlife.

After breakfast this morning we will fly to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport [LVI]. Upon arrival we will transfer from Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport [LVI] to The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara.

This property is the first in its class in this area and simply cannot be beaten.

Downtime this afternoon to shop or relax before dinner.

Meals: B, D

Hotel: Royal Livingstone by Anantara

Day 10: Victoria Falls

After breakfast today we will depart for Victoria Falls, one of the most famous natural landmarks in all of Africa (aside from Mount Kilimanjaro).

This incredible natural wonder is formed by the Zambezi River as it crashes into a 345-feet deep precipice on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border.

Victoria Falls is a stunning spectacle however you view it. But when it comes to a breathtakingly immersive experience, nothing is quite as thrilling as a dip in Devil’s Pool. This 10-foot-deep natural pool stands right on the edge of the abyss, separated from the raging white water by the narrowest of rock lips. Don't worry though, it's very safe. During times of big rains the pool is closed to swimming tourists and to our knowledge, no one has ever fallen over the edge ;)

After a day of exploring we will return to the hotel in time to get ready for our final dinner together.

Meals: B, D

Hotel: Royal Livingstone by Anantara

Day 11: Return to Johannesburg, Departures

This morning we will board a flight returning us to Johannesburg, and this tour officially concludes at the Johannesburg airport. We're always bummed on departure day, but we saw and did so much! Please ensure your international flight leaves after 12 noon today. 

After our trip, we will set up a group chat to keep in touch, share photos, and continue to grow these awesome friendships we formed.

Meals: B

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    11 days/ 10 nights

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

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Includes

  • All internal flights throughout South Africa
  • Accommodation (shared or solo, in a variety of luxury properties)
  • 3 days of exciting safari experiences
  • English-speaking local guides throughout
  • Private driver and van
  • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Meals listed on itinerary
  • Gratuity for Damesly leader

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not listed
  • Gratuities

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Additional Information

Flights: You'll fly in and out of Johannesburg Airport (JNB). Arrive anytime on Day 1 arrival day, and depart after 12 noon on departure day.

Want us to advise on flights? Email us at info@damesly.com

Weather: August marks the end of winter in South Africa. Expect warm days (70s-80s F) + cold nights (40s-50s).

Packing: Sun protection (hat/sunscreen/sunglasses), close-toed, comfortable walking shoes, and loose/comfortable clothing for long car rides are a must for this trip. Additionally you’ll want a small backpack for personal items and a scarf for modest dressing. 

For entry into South Africa, you'll need:

  • Passport (valid for 6+ months)
  • Travel Insurance*

*Note: We require proof of travel insurance for all international departures.

Will you match me? Of course! If you choose a space in a shared room but you're traveling solo, we will do our best to pair you with a roommate. Roommates are matched based on arrival time and perceived compatibility. Sharing a room is a great way to save costs, and make a new friend! However, we ask you to approach the situation with an open mind, some grace, and maybe a little humor.

While 99% our travelers are amazing, we can't guarantee that you'll hit it off with your roommate, or that your sleeping styles will be compatible.

Is sharing right for you? If you are a light sleeper, get easily irritated or just know that you need your own space, sharing a room might not be for you. Likewise, if you know that you snore, sleep with a CPAP machine or have other health conditions, sharing a room might not be the best fit.

What if I don't get along with my roommate? If you've tried but you absolutely can't get along with your roommate and need to separate, your trip leader will either swap things around, or, attempt to get you your own room. If the latter, additional charges will incur.

What if I book a double room, and you can't match me? We book a certain amount of hotel rooms before any tour, and are bound by their rules. In the event that we cannot find a roommate for you before the tour, and your room converts to a single room, there may be additional charges.

Small group trips require at least 4 people to run. We will confirm as soon as possible when the trip has met its minimum; up to 60 days before departure. For this reason, we recommend waiting until after a trip has been confirmed to purchase airfare. Any tour can be converted to a private departure when a trip does not meet its minimum. Additional costs may incur. Alternatively, apply your credit to any small-group tour departing within 12 months. 

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