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Our 2019 Journey to Africa
March 15 - 28, 2019

  Ruth Bridges

We love to travel and have been able to enjoy Paris, France, Rome, Italy Beijing, China, Australia, New Zealand and many other wonderful places. But the vacation that alters our sense of ourselves and our history is this trip to Africa. People who taken this trip with me describe it as unforgettable.

Friendships and memories are born on these trips that last for a very long time. This trip is very inclusive. You have a little time to yourself but most of the time I have planned all activities. The pace is a little slower, we are on vacation and rushing is not the objective.

Thank you for taking a look and considering this vacation of a lifetime.


Day 1: March 14
Flight to Dakar

Depart from Washington DC (IAD) for your South African Airways flight to South Africa.


Day 2: March 15
Arrive in Dakar

Aerial view of Dakar  

The Atlantic port city of Dakar is situated on the Cape Vert Peninsula and serves as the capital of Senegal. This sprawling city offers visitors a unique blend of modern living combined with historic traditions. The city features a vibrant nightlife, bustling markets, a variety of museums, sacred mosques, and a traditional medina quarter.

Today you will enjoy a Dakar City Tour and a Goree Island Tour.

Dinner included.


Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel

  Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar Dakar

Located on the majestic Cape Verde Penninsula, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar offers West Africa's rich culture from a stylish base. This premier hotel features spacious and stylish rooms with picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can enjoy delicious Italian cuisine or savoury grill items at the hotel's two premier restaurants. Or guests can enjoy some relation and a beverage at the poolside bar.


Day 3: March 16

Pink Lake Senegal  

Enjoy today's visit to Lake Retba, also known as the "Pink Lake", located northeast of Dakar. This lake is considered an anomaly as its boasts one of the rarest natural phenomenon in the world. Its pinkish hue is the result of an excessive amount of Dunaaliella salina algae in the water that produces a red pigment used to absorb light, which in turn provides the algae with life energy. Then we will proceed to the fisherman village of Cayar.
Included: Bed and Breakfast


Day 4: March 17
Cape Town, South Africa

  Cape Town & Table Mountain

After breakfast you will meet your guide for your transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to Johannesburg. On arrival in Johannesburg you will connect onwards for your flight on South African Airways to Cape Town. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the Victoria and Alfred Hotel.

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. With its bustling harbor, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.


Accommodations: Victoria & Alfred Hotel

Victoria & Alfred Hotel, Cape Town  

The Victoria and Alfred Hotel offers charming colonial ambience in a central, prestigious location on the pier-head of the world’s most famous working harbor - the famed V&A Waterfront. This exceptionally elegant hotel occupies a converted historic warehouse and boasts 94 exquisitely designed contemporary rooms. If you are seeking luxurious accommodation, world-class hospitality and spectacular views of Table Mountain, look no further than this remarkable, historically rich, landmark hotel.


Day 5: March 18
Cape Town

  Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

After breakfast you will be met and depart for your scheduled full day Cape Peninsula tour.

Depart the hotel and flank the Atlantic Ocean en route to Hout Bay. Once a fishing community, it is now one of the most popular residential areas. You’ll have a chance to join a half-hour cruise to Seal Island (optional trip) or, for the not so adventurous, the fish market Mariners Wharf is a must.

The tour continues over the famous Chapman’s Peak drive, weather permitting. With a 200-meter drop on one side and a 200-meter rise on the other, you will make your way south following the Atlantic Ocean until you reach Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope [photo at right]. Your optional lunch stop is at the Fish Hoek Galley.

You’ll pass the naval base of Simonstown as you continue along the coast en route to see the penguin colony, which has become well established at Boulders Beach near Simonstown. Your last stop of the day is at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (optional), home of some 3,500 species of Southern African fauna and flora. You’ll return to the hotel in the late afternoon.


Day 6: March 19
Cape Town

  Robben Island Prison

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Cape Town. You will take a trip in the cable car up Table Mountain and a boat ride for a poignant visit to Robben Island [photo at right] where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years.


Day 7: March 20
Cape Town

Group at Cape Town's Gold Restaurant  

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Cape Town. Perhaps take time to explore the vibrant V&A Waterfront with its many shops, restaurants and activities available as well as the fascinating Two Oceans Aquarium. In the summer months, maybe head for the white sand beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay for people watching and soaking up the African sun.

Dinner is at the Gold Restaurant. The photo [left] was taken on a previous Aviva Travel trip to Africa. GOLD Restaurant is a vibrant, eclectic Pan-African experience in the heart of Cape Town. It offers a night of opulent feasting with a unique bouquet of live entertainment in a mystical African setting of trees and tents in an inner city courtyard steeped in ancient history and GOLD.


Day 8: March 21

  Johannesburg, South Africa

After breakfast enjoy your morning before your transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organized tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.

After arrival, spend the afternoon at leisure.


Accommodations: Sandton Sun

Sandton Sun Hotel, Johannesburg  

Elegant and legendary, the Sandton Sun offers guests a distinguished and memorable stay. Linked to the Sandton Convention Centre and the Sandton City Shopping Centre, this hotel combines business services, contemporary dining and fashionable shopping, appealing to both leisure and business travellers. Located in the heart of Sandton CBD this hotel is 40 minutes by road from O.R Tambo International Airport and 900m from the Gautrain Station, and offers convenience and easy access to the city’s finest amenities.


Day 9: March 22

  Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

A full day tour that highlights the journey and struggles of those who fought to achieve a truly democratic South Africa.

EOur day begins at the Hector Pieterson Museum, where we start to unravel the cause of the devastating riots, before travelling past Mandela House, where you have the option of visiting this small museum.

Our next significant stop is the fascinating Regina Mundi Church, site of so many of the underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Standing there, you can feel the tension; picture the intensity, the strain on the faces of those unthinkably brave souls, committed at any cost to changing the way of life of a nation.

We’ve chosen to lunch in Soweto at a local restaurant, before visiting the legendary Apartheid Museum [photo at left]. This is an interactive voyage of discovery, one which takes you from the dark days of ‘whites only’ privilege, through to Nelson Mandela’s historic release. The Apartheid Museum is a multimedia experience, with documentary film snippets, texts, sound clips and live accounts, recapturing life in the dark days of South Africa.


Day 10: March 23
Johannesburg City Tour

Nelson Mandela Bridge, Johannesburg  

After breakfast you will meet your guide for a Johannesburg City Tour and enjoy some shopping and a fun half-day tour.

On this half day tour we take you to the top attractions Johannesburg has to offer. Some of the areas our tour visits are Hillbrow, Constitution Hill, Central Johannesburg, Braamfontein and Newtown.

We start your introduction to Jozi with a good view of the impressive 269 metre Telkom Tower, as seen on many postcards of Johannesburg. We then enter the inspiring Constitution Hill – and Court (when not in session). Political activists like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were once held here. During a tour inside you will learn about some of the legal history of Johannesburg.


Day 11: March 24
Kapama Private Game Reserve

Kampama Game Reserve 264  

After breakfast you will be transferred to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport for your scheduled flight to Hoedspruit Airport. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Kapama River Lodge.

Kapama Private Game Reserve provides an authentic African safari experience. The reserve provides a range of stylish accommodation across four refined lodges and bush camps. Offering a wide range of options, from a traditional African safari camp to top-notch luxury suites. Kapama is home to the Big Five and is known for its diverse wildlife experiences which can be enjoyed on one of many game drives offering fascinating encounters with plentiful wildlife. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities including: excellent game viewing, enjoying a relaxing spa experience and stargazing after a lamp-lit dinner under the African night sky.


Accommodations: Kapama Buffalo Camp

  Kapama River Lodge

The camp’s exclusive suites are positioned on elevated platforms and surrounded by forest canopy. There’s a seasonal river below, and suites are connected to each other and the main lodge by raised wooden walkways. Rustic elements of roaring campfires, lantern light and outdoor dining under the stars contrast with the opulent comfort of air-conditioned suites, crisp white linen and every conceivable in-suite comfort.

Considered one of the finest safari spas in Africa, the Spa situated at Kapama River Lodge has six sumptuous treatment rooms in a setting surrounded by stillness and sweeping bushveld. Arranged around a generous central lap pool the spa evokes a sense of calm.


Day 12: March 25
Kapama Buffalo Camp

Leopard in tree  

Across all of Kapama’s lodges, two daily game drives are offered and are included in the tariff. Accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker, guests can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species on game drives. Since this is a Big Five reserve, seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo is possible over a two-day safari in Kapama Private Game Reserve.

The day starts with an early wake-up call between 5am and 5:30am. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve. Halfway through the game drive, there’s a stop for hot drinks and snacks, before returning to the lodge at around 9am for a full breakfast.

At around 3:30pm, everyone gathers for a decadent high tea, before heading out with your ranger and tracker for the afternoon game drive through the reserve. En route, you’ll stop for a sundowner drink.

As darkness falls, the nocturnal animals of the bush come out. The skilled tracker will scan the landscape using a spotlight, which illuminates animals’ eyes. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge. Arrival is at the lodge is usually around 7pm, allowing time to freshen up before enjoying a sumptuous dinner.


Day 13: March 26
Kapama Buffalo Camp

  Lions in the African bush

Another day in the African bush to spend a little more time exploring the bushveld.


Day 14: March 27

After a hearty breakfast, transfer to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

On arrival in Johannesburg you will be met and transferred to the Sandton Sun Hotel for an overnight stay.


Day 15: March 28

Zambezi River 264  

After breakfast, transfer to Johannesburg International Airport for your flight to Livingstone Airport.

On arrival you will be met by your local English speaking representative who will transfer you to your lodge.

This afternoon you will go on a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River.


Accommodations: Royal Livingstone Hotel

Royal Livingstone Hotel  

On the banks of the Zambezi River, The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara is named after the legendary explorer who named Zambia’s iconic waterfall in honor of his queen. Paying tribute to this glorious era, the hotel evokes Victorian elegance and colonial traditions in impeccable style, and offers unforgettable adventures.

All of its luxury rooms and suites feature a private veranda with mighty Zambezi River views. The sights and sounds of river life can be soaked up as you laze in a hammock, enjoy a massage in a waterfront gazebo, or cool off in the pool. Savor African and European fine dining, followed by nightcaps under the stars with undeniably the finest Livingstone hotel in the region.

As a guest of The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara, you enjoy the privilege of complimentary access to Victoria Falls via the hotel's private entrance.


Day 16: March 29
Victoria Falls

  Victoria Falls

To discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them, it is well worth booking a Wild Horizons tour of the Falls. Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800's as 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - 'the Smoke that Thunders', Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor who is prepared to brave the tremendous spray with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls. One special vantage point is across the Knife edge bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge.

Please note: During this time, it is recommended guests book a tour of the falls on the Zimbabwean side.


Day 17: March 30

You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.



Cost: $7,349 (Per Person/Double Occupancy)

Price includes: Senegal, South Africa, Kruger National Park, and Zambia

Price includes deluxe hotel accommodations, most meals, airport transfers and sightseeing with local guides.
Price does not include insurance or airfare.

Deposit: $2,200 (per person, minimum)

Payment Plan:
March 18, 2018 $2,200.00
May 18, 2018 $1,250.00
October 18, 2018 $1,300.00
December 18, 2018 $2,599.00

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Ruth Bridges
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Ruth Bridges
Aviva Travel Group
PO Box 1155
Laveen, AZ 85339
eFax: 630-559-8845
Email: avivatravel@aol.com