2025 – SOUTH AFRICA – Cape Town & Greater Kruger National Park Area

Experience wildlife and wild places abroad with the NEW Zoological Society’s Conservation Travel Program! The NEW Zoological Society, in partnership with the NEW Zoo and Sunset Family Travel, is hosting an adventure to South Africa and inviting you along on this amazing trip of a lifetime!

ITINERARY

Day 1 – 27 AUG (WED) – ARRIVE CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

  • Welcome to Cape Town, lovingly referred to by the locals as the “Mother City.”
  • Meet our Globus Tour Director at the Airport
  • Welcome Dinner this evening.

Day 2 – 28 AUG (THU) – CAPE TOWN

  • Take a scenic drive along stunning Chapman’s Peak Drive en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope before arriving at Cape Point. Ride a funicular to the steps of the old lighthouse with panoramic views of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
  • Spend the afternoon swimming and/or kayaking with Cape fur seals in Hout Bay.

Day 3 – 29 AUG (FRI) – CAPE TOWN

  • A morning visit to the SANCCOB facility. The primary objective of SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) is to conserve seabirds, with the African penguin being the flagship species of focus.
  • In the afternoon, enjoy an extended visit to Boulder’s Beach along with SANCCOB representatives to meet African penguins in their natural habitat.

Day 4 – 30 AUG (SAT) – CAPE TOWN – EXCURSION TO THE WINELANDS

  • Wineland Tour: With a rich tradition dating back to the mid-17th century, South Africa is known worldwide for the production of remarkable wines. Join an expert Local Guide on this relaxing private excursion that visits several vineyards and includes three wine tastings in the beautiful countryside of Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek. From Malbecs and Merlots to Chardonnays, Rieslings, and everything in between, you’ll discover just what makes South African wines so special. You’ll also learn about Pinotage grapes—the country’s signature variety that was created in 1925 by a university professor. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, quaint Cape Dutch architecture, delectable wines, and your very own private guide.

Day 5 –31 AUG (SUN) – CAPE TOWN – WHALE WATCHING EXCURSION

  • Whale Watching Tour: We will visit one of the world’s whale-watching meccas. This exciting excursion takes us to Hermanus, the breeding grounds for the rare southern right whale. We’ll search for and have the chance to observe these gentle giants. Learn about their unique and playful “sailing”—where they raise their fluke out of the water and catch the wind with it to remain stationary, and see if you can catch them breaching, lobtailing, and spyhopping. While nature is never guaranteed, there is an excellent chance of seeing whales in September/October.

Day 6 – 01 SEP (MON) – CAPE TOWN –HOEDSPRUIT–MAKALALI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE (GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA)

  • Fly to Hoedspruit and transfer to Makalali Private Game Reserve, the home to an abundance of wildlife including the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Climb aboard your custom safari vehicle for an afternoon game drive with a skilled tracker and professional Ranger. Sip sundowner drinks before returning to your lodge for dinner.

Day 7 – 02 SEP (TUE) – MAKALALI (GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA)

  • Rise early for coffee and tea before our morning game drive. Keep an eye out for big cats after their night of hunting. Other animals we may see include kudu, impala, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, wildebeest, and more. Return for breakfast mid-morning, followed by time to relax at our lodge. Afternoon game drive with sundowner drinks.

Day 8 – 03 SEP (WED) – MAKALALI (GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA)

  • Sharpen our game-spotting skills on morning and afternoon game drives. Watch for African buffalo, reintroduced to the area after an absence of more than 50 years, reuniting the “Big Five” to roam freely in the Greater Makalali Nature Reserve.

Day 9 – 04 SEP (THU) – HOEDSPRUIT – IVA – JOHANNESBURG

  • We enjoy a final game drive this morning before boarding our flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg.
  • Visit the Rosebank Art and Craft Market before we transfer to the Airport for our evening departure.

Day 10 – 05 SEP (FRI) – GREEN BAY, WI

  • After an overnight flight, we will arrive back in Green Bay.

The price of this tour, WITHOUT ROUND TRIP AIRFARE, is $6130 per person/double occupancy based upon a minimum of 15 passengers. This price includes all accommodations, admission fees, meals, trip insurance, and more! Visit Sunset Family Travel for a complete listing of all trip inclusions.

Airfare is estimated to be $2500 per person. Group airfare will be secured at a later date. The final trip price will be determined at that time.

Space is limited and only 2 single rooms are being held. A single-room supplement is an additional charge of $1799. To reserve your space, a $2000 deposit is required. Should airfare be more than $2500, you will have 14-days once the final price is announced to cancel and receive a full refund.

For more trip details or to reserve your spot, email Shelley at shelley@sunsetfamilytravel.com