Safari and City Tour with Airfare

11-Day, 8-Night Tour of South Africa with Airfare, Accommodations, and Some Meals from Africa Answers

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Three-City Tour of South Africa with Cable-Car Ride, Wine Country Visit, and Game-Park Safaris

Big Five refers to the lion, the African elephant, the cape buffalo, the leopard, and the rhinoceros. Today, all members of the Big Five save the buffalo are classified as endangered, vulnerable, or near threatened. But it’s still possible to observe these majestic creatures up-close in a protected, natural environment at Pilanesburg National Park in South Africa’s Bojanala Region, where the animals roam more than 212 square miles (550 sq. km) of volcanic grasslands. Guests go on safari, visit a winemaking region, and scope out metropolitan Cape Town with this 11-day tour of South Africa from Africa Answers.

The tour includes round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) or Washington, DC (IAD), luxury hotel accommodations, some meals, and four excursions into Pilanesburg National Park. Click here for a complete itinerary.

Days 1–2: An overnight flight from New York or Washington, DC touches down in Johannesburg before continuing on to Cape Town. Once you arrive at the Cape Town airport, you’ll transfer to the Pepper Club Hotel & Spa, right in the heart of Cape Town.

Days 3–4: The morning of day 3, you’ll embark on a half-day tour of Cape Town. Weather permitting, the tour will begin with a cable-car ride to the summit of Table Mountain, a flat-topped mountain from which you can get gorgeous views of the city and South African coastline.

From here, the tour rumbles back into Cape Town, where you’ll visit the cobblestone streets of the Malay Quarter, the gumdrop sidewalks of City Hall, and the Castle of Good Hope, South Africa’s oldest surviving colonial building. The next day, you’re free to explore Cape Town on your own; Africa Answers offers discounted rates on sightseeing tours to Groupon customers.

Days 5–6: On day 5, the group will travel about an hour east to the Franschhoek Country House & Villas, a restored 19th-century manor in the Franschhoek valley. You can spend the rest of this day and the next day exploring the winemaking region at your leisure; make sure to visit some of the many award-winning restaurants and wineries.

Day 7: You’ll return to the Cape Town airport in the morning to catch a flight to Johannesburg. From here, you’ll transfer to the Ivory Tree Game Lodge. The hotel is situated inside the Pilanesburg National Park, a big-game reserve in northwestern South Africa.

Days 8–9: On both of these days, you'll take morning and afternoon safaris into Pilanesburg National Park, which is home to more than 50 species of large mammals including cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and retired parade floats. All meals are included during your stay at the lodge.

Days 10–11: Wave goodbye to the African plains as you drive to Johannesburg for your flight home.

What You Get

11-day, 8-night tour of South Africa. All options are Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required) or for solo travel. Read about package structures here.

  • $2,999 per person for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), valid for departure 9/1/12–9/30/12 (up to a $5,924 value)
  • $3,499 per person for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), valid for departure 10/1/12–12/15/12 (up to a $6,224 value)
  • $3,699 per person for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), valid for departure 1/15/13–4/15/13 (up to a $6,319 value)
  • $4,498 for a solo traveler, valid 9/1/12–9/30/12 (up to a $6,371 value)
  • $4,998 for a solo traveler, valid 10/1/12–12/15/12 (up to a $7,073 value)
  • $5,198 for a solo traveler, valid 1/15/13–4/15/13 (up to a $7,239 value)

Book by: 9/21/12

Included in all packages:

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) or Washington, DC (IAD) on South African Airways, including all taxes and fuel surcharges
  • All flights and ground transportation within South Africa
  • Three-night stay at Pepper Club Hotel & Spa with a hotel gift card valued at ZAR250 (about $35) that can be used at an onsite restaurant or bar
  • Two-night stay at Franschhoek Country House & Villas with breakfast and a welcome bottle of wine
  • Three-night stay at Ivory Tree Game Lodge including all meals, snacks, and twice-daily game-park safaris
  • Half-day Cape Town city tour with cable-car ride to Table Mountain (subject to weather)

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 9/21/12 or promotional value expires
  • Valid only for date purchased
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Unredeemed vouchers will result in gift card for future trip, less 20% fee
  • Non-refundable once booked
  • Changes to travel or airfare subject to $300 fee
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Must provide first and last name upon purchase, which will be provided to Africa Answers
  • Credit card required at booking
  • Not valid with reward points.

Getting There

  • By plane: includes round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) or Washington, DC (IAD) on South African Airways as well as all flights in South Africa
  • By transit: includes all ground transportation in South Africa

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.

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Lisa S. · 1 reviews
· Reviewed August 1, 2017
These people are difficult to deal with. Do mot purchase this trip.


Cassandra B. ·
· Reviewed June 24, 2017
The best part was the Open Road tour. We enjoyed the shuttles TO the hotels but not finding our own ways back to the airports. This did not really mention you'd need to find your own way around places. Wish there had been more included tours of the areas we were in. Can't wait to go back again in the future!


Autumn ·
· Reviewed May 22, 2017
Amazing. I never thought about buying a Groupon for a trip since I have been scammed by cheap trip deals elsewhere, but a reputable company directed me to this trip. It was so easy and the travel company I had to call to activate it was phenomenal. They did all the booking, made sure we had all the Visa information filled out, trip insurance and anything we didn't know we would need! The Cambridge Hotel in Surry Hills they booked us into for the 4 nights was phenomenal. The location was AWESOME. One block away was Oxford street with buses and pharmacies and coffee shops (Sydney has incredible coffee - they excel at Mochas and they have alternative milks). A half block away was an Irish Pub and buses directly to Circular Quay (pronounced Key) with the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge (I didn't get to the Bridge Walk).Could walk to major places like Hyde Park, Australian Museum and the Westfield Eye/Sydney Eye Tower. Once at Circular Quay, there are subway trains and ferries to places like the indoor wildlife park to get close to Koala Bears and Kangaroo! Virgin Australia was the airline with nonstop to Sydney from LAX. I couldn't believe we got such an amazing airline for this price. Yes, it was economy seating, but it was a premium airline with personal free entertainment with movies, and music at your fingertips from the headrest tvs. Food was great and at good intervals with snacks. Airline hosts were amazing. Shuttle from airport to hotel was clean and efficient. Makes me sad I have never used Groupon for travel before. I have not only recommended and told about this to friends, but almost everyone I meet. Amazing adventure at affordable price.
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