16 Day Classic South Africa with Robben Island, Victoria Falls & Botswana

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Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include flight Cape Town-Durban, Johannesburg-Victoria Falls & Kasane-Johannesburg.

Passengers should select international flights from Johannesburg that depart no earlier than 6:50 pm on Day 16. The flight from Kasane arrives to Johannesburg at approximately 4:00 pm. Passengers with late evening flights will have a long layover in Johannesburg airport.

Children under 12 years of age are not permitted on open vehicle game drives in Kruger National Park.

Please note, all passport holders should have four or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and eSwatini. Effective June 1, 2015 children 17 & under will be required to present an unabridged full birth certificate. Extracts or copies are not acceptable. If both parents are not traveling with the child, additional documentation is required. Click here for more information.


Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms are not available for this package.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups are required. There are two long days spent on the coach between eSwatini and Hazyview, as well as between Hazyview and Johannesburg. For your comfort, several stops will be made along the way including a lunch break. While the majority of the tour will be performed in an air conditioned motor coach, game drives will be performed by small safari vehicles that cannot be air conditioned. Visitors to Kruger National Park, Zimbabwe and Botswana are encouraged to consult their health care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. During this tour, you may come into proximity to wild animals, which should be considered at your own risk.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Cape Town, Johannesburg-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Cape Town-Durban, Johannesburg-Victoria Falls & Kasane-Johannesburg
  • 14 nights accommodations
    • 4 nights Cape Town
    • 1 night Hluhluwe
    • 1 night eSwatini
    • 2 nights Hazyview
    • 2 nights Johannesburg
    • 2 nights Victoria Falls
    • 2 nights Chobe
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 26 meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Game drives in modern 10-seater safari vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Enjoy a tour of Cape Town, view the Castle of Good Hope, the Grande Parade and visit Table Mountain
  • Tour historic Robben Island*, a World Heritage Site and view the former prison cell of Nelson Mandela
  • During the Cape Peninsula Tour, visit the Cape of Good Hope reserve and view the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach
  • Game Viewing Cruise on the St Lucia Estuary, a uniquely diverse ecosystem
  • Game drive through Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
  • A thrilling game drive on an open-vehicle through Kruger National Park
  • In Soweto, the most metropolitan township, visit Nelson Mandela’s former home
  • Visit spectacular Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River
  • Game drive through Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana
  • Sunset game viewing cruise on the Chobe River

*The operation of the Robben Island ferry is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If the ferry is canceled, the visit to Robben Island will be replaced with alternate sightseeing.

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups are required. There are two long days spent on the coach between eSwatini and Hazyview, as well as between Hazyview and Johannesburg. For your comfort, several stops will be made along the way including a lunch break. While the majority of the tour will be performed in an air conditioned motor coach, game drives will be performed by small safari vehicles that cannot be air conditioned. Visitors to Kruger National Park, Zimbabwe and Botswana are encouraged to consult their health care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. During this tour, you may come into proximity to wild animals, which should be considered at your own risk.

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Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for South Africa
Depart for South Africa

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town, undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As you transfer to your hotel, you’ll see the towering symbol of the city - Table Mountain. The rest of the day is at leisure in this magnificent seaside city
Overnight: Cape Town

DAY 3, Sunday - Cape Peninsula Tour
Depart on a full day Cape Peninsula Tour with lunch along the way. Drive to Cape Point at the southwestern tip of the Cape Peninsula, passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches en route. After a stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets, continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous flora and fauna, where you may see baboons by the roadside, rheboks, cape mountain zebras, bonteboks and the elusive eland. The native plant life, known as fynbos, forms one of only six floral kingdoms in the world. Following the coastline along False Bay, return to Cape Town after lunch by way of Simon's Town. Here, visit the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach, and continue with a scenic drive over Muizenberg Mountain. Lastly, visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, resting at the foot of Table Mountain, for a short walking tour of the beautiful gardens before arriving at Cape Town. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Cape Town City Tour & Robben Island
After a leisurely breakfast depart on a half day Cape Town city and Table Mountain tour. Driving to the city center, pass famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company and City Hall, a splendid baroque building, and of course the Grand Parade. See St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and the magnificent Table Mountain. Ascend to the top (weather permitting) by means of a cable car*. At the summit, see wildflowers, the famous silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches. On a clear day, it is even possible to see Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, on one side, and Cape Point on the other. Descend from the upper cableway station and proceed to Cape Town's famous V & A Waterfront for a time at leisure and lunch on your own. Afterward, take a ferry across the Bay to Robben Island, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A tour of historic Robben Island** today, reveals the poignant struggles, hopes, and dreams of freedom made famous by Nelson Mandela's imprisonment here. This notorious prison, located on an island off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay is where South Africa’s political prisoners were kept during the colonial and apartheid years of the country. Tour the island and the infamous prison before returning to Cape Town in the late afternoon for time at leisure. Tonight, experience local culture in a relaxed and comfortable environment at the optional Home Hosted Dinner
*Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closed between Jul 22 - Aug 11, 2019
**The operation of the Robben Island ferry is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If the ferry is canceled, the visit to Robben Island will be replaced with alternate sightseeing
Optional: Home Hosted Dinner in Cape Town
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day in Cape Town
Enjoy the day at leisure in Cape Town. Perhaps join the optional Winelands Tour* which takes you along the country's principal wine route to the scenic towns of Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch with tastings along the way. Alternatively, thrill seekers will not want to miss the optional excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience great white shark cage diving*
*The Full Day Winelands Tour and Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving operate simultaneously. Passengers may opt to participate in only one of these tours
Optional: Full Day Private Winelands Tour
Optional: Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Flight to Durban, Game Viewing Cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, drive to St. Lucia. Later, embark on a game viewing cruise that takes you on the St. Lucia Estuary. This tidal estuary is home to Nile crocodiles, hippopotami, sea turtles, and even sharks, making it a fascinating and uniquely diverse ecosystem. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hluhluwe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Travel to eSwatini
After an early breakfast, travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, situated in northern KwaZulu-Natal, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhinos. Home to Africa's "Big Five," you may have a chance to see elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard, in addition to rhino during your morning game drive through the reserve. The park also boasts warthog, crocodile, and antelope. Following the safari, continue to the border of the Kingdom of eSwatini*. This independent kingdom within the borders of South Africa is known for its lovely scenery and vibrant indigenous culture. Stop at a handicraft market this afternoon before arriving in your hotel in the early evening
*eSwatini is an independent country from South Africa and therefore has different entry requirements. Non-US passport holders are responsible for checking if a visa is required for eSwatini in addition to all other countries on their itinerary
Overnight: eSwatini
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - eSwatini Sightseeing and Matsamo Village Visit
After breakfast visit the Ngwenya glass factory, where visitors can watch talented glass blowers create a range of enchanting African animals, birds, and fish, as well as tableware, made from recycled glass that is collected by the children of eSwatini. Transfer to the South African border and visit Matsamo Cultural Village where you can learn more about the Swati traditions and customs. Enjoy traditional dance and song performances with authentic African instruments as well as traditional Swati cuisine. You may wander through the village with its many traditional huts and interact with the locals. Later, continue to the hotel where you will enjoy dinner
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Kruger National Park Game Drive
The day begins at dawn with coffee, tea, and rusks, a South African dry biscuit. Upon departure from the hotel, a pre-packed breakfast will be provided for you. Then, on to Kruger National Park for a thrilling full day open-vehicle game drive. Larger than the state of Connecticut, the park offers some of the best game and wildlife viewing opportunities in the world, and early morning is an optimal time of day. You may have a chance to see lion, elephant, giraffe, or zebra in their natural habitat. After stopping at a rest camp for lunch, continue your game drive. With any luck, you may even see cheetah and leopard. After the day's excitement, relax by the pool and enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Panorama Route to Johannesburg
Depart after breakfast and travel to Mpumalanga Province, known as "Paradise Country," driving the spectacular "Panorama Route." Stop to admire the views of amazing scenery along the 16-mile-long Blyde River Canyon, cut deep into red sandstone, and God's Window (weather permitting), a breathtaking, Edenic vista at the edge of the escarpment overlooking Kruger National Park. Visit Bourke's Luck Potholes, a series of waterfalls and distinctive rock formations created by countless millennia of water erosion before proceeding this afternoon to Johannesburg
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Soweto Tour
After an early breakfast depart on a half day tour of Soweto. Experience a fascinating glimpse of the bustling neighborhood life of Soweto, the most metropolitan township in the country, setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance, and language. Drive by the former residence of Bishop Desmond Tutu and visit Nelson Mandela's former home. Continue to the Apartheid Museum, where you will journey through the racial segregation experienced by millions of South Africans. This evening enjoy a dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Fly to Victoria Falls* & Sundowner Cruise
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to picturesque and thundering Victoria Falls, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Falls are a little over a mile wide and 351 feet high, making them one-and-a half times as wide and twice as high as the Niagara Falls. Here, you can still encounter herds of buffalo and elephant on their way to the Zambezi River. Transfer to your hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. In the late afternoon, enjoy a sublime sundowner cruise on the broad sweep of the mighty Zambezi River
*Flights to Victoria Falls will arrive into Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or Livingstone, Zambia. The Livingstone airport is a 30-minute drive to the hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Wednesday - Guided Tour of Victoria Falls
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World". The walking safari takes you through the magnificent rainforest to view the Cataracts, Livingstone's statue and a wide variety of birds and plants. The rest of the day is yours to discover this beautiful area independently
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Thursday - Sunset Game Viewing Cruise in Chobe, Botswana
Today, travel from Victoria Falls over the border into Botswana. Upon arrival at the hotel, lunch will be served. Chobe's wildlife roams in abundance and diversity. It is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa and during the dry season these herds, as well as large herds of buffalo, congregate along the fertile flood plains of the Chobe River. Spend time at leisure before departing on a sunset cruise where you will be introduced to a totally different game viewing experience. What better way to view wildlife, including numerous bird species, than drifting slowly down a side channel, the silence is broken only by bird calls. From the boat, it is possible to see herds of mighty elephant, giraffe, hippo and other wild animals returning to the Chobe River to quench their thirst
Overnight: Chobe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Friday - Morning Game Drive in Chobe National Park
Be on the lookout for lion, wild dog, giraffe, sable and roan antelope, frequently seen in this area. Time on your own in the afternoon before departing on a delightful sunset cruise on the Chobe River. Tonight at dinner, share the day's adventure with your fellow travelers on your last night in Botswana
Overnight: Chobe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16, Saturday - Depart South Africa
This morning bid farewell to Botswana and transfer to the airport in Kasane. Fly to Johannesburg and connect to your international departure flight this evening
Meals: Breakfast

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Home Hosted Dinner in Cape Town

This dinner will allow you to meet a local South African family and visit their home. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked three course meal with wine typical to South Africa. Give yourself the chance to experience local culture in a relaxed and comfortable environment with fascinating conversation about the way of life in South Africa, while also exchanging views as well as experiences with your hosts.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $67.00
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Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving

Join a thrilling full day excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience great white shark cage diving. Early this morning depart Cape Town and head east to the coastal fishing town of Gansbaai. Upon arrival, the crew of your expedition boat will review the day's activities, safety etiquette and provide fascinating insight to these marine predators. Enjoy a light breakfast before boarding your boat and heading out into the open waters between Geyser Rock and Dyer Islander where great white hunt for seals and penguins. Outfitted with a wetsuit, lifejacket and snorkeling mask, climb through the top of the cage secured to the boat. You will take turns with your fellow divers watching these predators under water and from the comfort of the ship deck.

Return to the port in the early afternoon where you will be greeted with a hot bowl of soup and bread. Relax as the marine biologist recaps your adventure and answers any remaining questions before your return to Cape Town.

*Departure from the hotel will be approximately 4:00 am and the drive from Cape Town to Gansbaai is approximately 2.5 hours (one way). The boat will be launched around 9:00 am and the boat trip will last between 3-5 hours depending on the weather and sea conditions. Shower facilities will be available after the ship returns from the dive. The return transfer to Cape Town will be at approximately 2:00 pm and arrival at 4:30 pm. Pick-up and drop-off times are approximate and will be advised locally.

*Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. This is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies. Shark sightings are not guaranteed and are dependent upon weather and sea conditions. Due to inclement weather and/or rough seas, this tour may be canceled and refunded.

*Sea conditions can be unpredictable and may become choppy or very rough at times. As a result, some customers experience discomfort and/or seasickness. Some over-the-counter medications, such as Dramamine or Benadryl, may help reduce or prevent seasickness. Clients who are prone to seasickness are advised not to participate in this tour.

*Optionals "Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving" and "Full Day Winelands Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $228.00
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Full Day Winelands Tour

Wind through South Africa's fertile valleys, prized for their renowned vintages, and discover the rustic beauty of sprawling estates shaded by giant oaks and rows of vines running as far as the eye can see. Travel the country's principal wine route to Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and enjoy tastings at some of the excellent vineyards along the way. Begin with the "Pearl of Paarl" and visit one of the local estates to savor a wine tasting and cellar tour. Then continue northwest to the old, scenic village of Franschhoek, founded near the Drakenstein Mountains in 1688 by French immigrants, whose descendants eventually supplied highly sought after wine to Napoleon, Bismarck, and even King Edward VII. Next, stop for lunch on your own and then it is off to another wine tasting. Lastly, travel to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest town and the historic heart of the country's wine region. First recognized as an ideal location for vineyards in 1679, viticulture has been entwined with the town's history ever since. Also of interest is the town's fascinating variety of architecture, including buildings in Cape Dutch, Georgian, and Victorian styles. Enjoy a final tasting before bidding farewell to the wine country and returning to Cape Town.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

*Optionals "Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving" and "Full Day Winelands Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $104.00
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8 Day Essential South Africa, September 2018
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Our trip was amazing! I was skeptical of getting along with everyone in such a large group but it was a wonderful experience. Our guide Shai was amazing and very thoughtful. I will book another vacation through Gate 1 in the future. Thank you so much for the great experience.

Brandy B. Ontario, OR
14 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls, August 2018
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Our trip was Fantastic! Beautiful, eye-opening, and Wonderful! We saw and learned so much! Shawn was extremely aware and responsive to everyone's questions and desires. He is the Best! The scenery, animals, history - both past and present, food, culture, land use, Everything was Awesome! Thank You for a lifetime trip. We want to return in the future - so much to see, learn and experience.

May May C. Newtown, CT
16 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana, July 2018
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I have to say this was truly the trip of a lifetime...and that's coming from an experienced, life-long traveler. Gate 1 Travel does it right - accommodations were impeccable, beautifully located, and well appointed. Colleen Webster, our guide, was exceptional. She put her heart and soul into making sure everyone was well cared for and had a memorable trip. She went above and beyond for me and the others. This trip was seamless and I will never forget one single minute of it. Thank you!

Geraldine G. Arvada, CO
12 Day Classic South Africa with Robben Island, June 2018
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What a fabulous trip, such a great place to visit and our tour guide Adele made it even so much better, very knowledgeable and friendly, she was special, no hesitation on recommending Gate 1 Travel!

John N. Victoria, AU
16 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana, June 2018
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The trip itself was TERRIFIC!! I'm not certain if all your guides in Africa are as knowledgeable as Jason Mair, but his command of the tour group and his knowledge ... When it came to the animals, he certainly knew his business and was able to assist us in getting the best photos because he knew, instinctively, what the animal's reaction was going to be in each situation.

Kathleen B. Tuxedo Park, NY
16 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana, April 2018
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Our trip was absolutely great. There was nothing for us to worry about. The organisational skills of the Tour Guide was exceptional. We enjoyed the trip so much that we have been actively promoting Gate1 as a travel agent. Now a word about our tour guide Stuart McMillan. Stuart is by far the best tour guide that we have ever had and I say that since my wife and I have travelled extensively since 2001... He was extremely friendly, knew his stuff, compassionate, thoughtful and above all just a great guy ... We wish we meet up with him again on future Gate1 trips. Great one Gate1, keep up the good work. Our group will definitely be back and we are currently looking at a trip to see more wildlife in Africa through your organisation in 2020.

John R. Victoria, AU.
12 Day Classic South Africa, May 2018
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Fantastic great group and travel guide, thanks for your great service Lyn and your help with bookings for my plane with good seats. Excellent accomodidation in top hotels, loved it.

Mary G. Beverley Park, NSW, AU
16 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana, April 2018
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PHENOMENAL! The sights, the animals, and the people. Africa was everything we expected and more. Even the weather cooperated; much more moderate than the historical weather data predicted. If it weren't for the distance and the long, LONG, L-O-N-G plane rides, we'd love to go back.

Frederick Y. El Cajon, CA
16 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana, April 2018
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My Gate1 tour to South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Botswana was fabulous!! The tours, food, hotel rooms, our guide Jason Muir, and all the amazing wildlife we saw were all wonderful. It certainly cost more than my other 12 Gate1 tours, but it was worth the cost. I would recommend it to anyone. I forgot to mention that the local people of all the countries were very helpful, friendly, and very SMILEY!!

Dee S. Anthem, AZ
8 Day Essential South Africa, April 2018
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We loved, loved, loved our trip. Our Gate 1 tour guide Tesse is a gem! As it was our first time in South Africa, it was far more than we expected! The tour group that we were assigned to were just fabulous people. We just meshed as a team! The Cape Town and Johannesberg bus drivers and our Mabula game driver George were knowledgeable, patient, and safe drivers!...I will tell my friends and family about our experiences and your wonderful service!

Elaine M. Las Vegas, NV
8 Day Essential South Africa, March 2018
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We had a fantastic time! Everything was great....our tour guide Dexter, the hotels, the food, the game drives and the add on winery tour and cape peninsula tour.

Linda V. Pequannock, NJ
16 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana, March 2018
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Very nice! I enjoyed it very much! Our Tour guide John was excellent! He gave us excellent information about South Africa like history and things to watch out for. Will go again on Gate 1 Travel.

Lucie C. North Potomac, MD
16 Day Classic South Africa with Robben Island, Victoria Falls & Botswana, March 2018
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It was a trip not to forget. Many diversified sights and experiences. But also would need to be physically fit and ready for the hectic schedules. We met many like-minded and very friendly fellow travellers. Highly recommend this South African experience.

Pit W. Forest Hill, VIC, AU
8 Day Essential South Africa, March 2018
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We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. We had good weather except for rain on the last day, and Colleen our tour guide did an excellent job...Everyone we met in South Africa was friendly and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed all the scenic tours as well as the great white shark cage diving. The only challenge in the tour was the long flights to get there, but we knew that up front...I would recommend this well planned tour to anyone.

Craig E. Hernando Beach, FL
11 Day Essential South Africa with Victoria Falls, March 2018
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As my husband said: “The best trip ever!” It was number 1 on my Bucket List and I was not disappointed. Can’t say enough about it. The accommodations were beautiful and Peter, our guide, was excellent. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Kathleen N. Ridgewood, NJ
12 Day Classic South Africa, February 2018
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It was absolutely fabulous! It was our first Gate 1 Tour, and we loved it! Jason, our tour guide, was A +! He was very concerned that all was good: our well being was his top priority! His knowledge about all aspects of South Africa was incredible! Gate 1 had everything top-notch organized and first rate! We had traveled internationally before, but this was THE BEST!

Steve P. Richmond, TX
12 Day Classic South Africa , February 2018
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We had a wonderful time in South Africa. Judi and I were very pleased with the hotel accommodations along the way. The schedule was very good and allowed us to see and learn so much more than we ever could on our own. Jason, our very knowledgeable Gate 1 tour guide, did an outstanding job, paying attention to our daily needs and making sure that we got the most out of every stop along the way. Our day in Kruger National Park is the most memorable of the many pleasant experiences that we had on our tour. Now I just need to sift through all my photos. With hundreds of good shots, this may take a little time...thank you Gate 1.

Vincent L. Huntley, IL
12 Day Classic South Africa, February 2018
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Our trip with Gate1 was fabulous. Everything from the administrative details, the tour itinerary and transportation/accommodation provided was first rate. In particular, our South African tour guide, Dexter, was excellent. Thanks for a great trip.

Cyril A. Alberta, CA
12 Day Classic South Africa with Robben Island, February 2018
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Thank you for helping us to travel in S. Africa. It was Fantastic and tour director, Ahmet, was so much knowledgeable with so good organizing manner. Also, from now on, I will use Gate 1 travel in the future.

Taik K. Richardson, TX
16 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana , January 2018
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Our trip was fabulous. Everything went well, very well coordinated by the tour guide and particularly enjoyed all of the safaris. A wonderful experience.

Bill W. Cotuit, MA
17 Day Classic South Africa with Namibia, January 2018
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This was a dream come true trip. I was very impressed with the organization and our guide, Johnathan, was perfect. I would recommend Gate 1 to anyone.

Mary B. Dade City, FL
12 Day Classic South Africa with Robben Island, January 2018
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It was amazing! Our guide was fantastic! Trip and memories of a lifetime for sure!

Laurie D. Gilbert, AZ
12 Day Classic South Africa with Robben Island, January 2018
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This trip was exceptionally well organized; we received everything promised; the hotels and food were excellent; and I can't say enough about our guide Charl - He was super - a fountain of knowledge. He looked after all clients very well while keeping us on track throughout the tour - making sure that all facets of the tour went off without a hitch. The game drives were marvelous - got to see many examples of each of the big five as well as many other beautiful African animals. Learning about the changes that have taken place in South Africa over the past 20 or so years was a real learning experience - certainly an eye opener...Having said this I would highly recommend this tour - and Gate 1.

Alex G. Shuniah, ON, CA
16 Day Classic South Africa with Robben Island, Victoria Falls & Botswana, December 2017
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Once again, we had a great time with the Gate 1 tour. The South Africa tour had a variety of historic, adventurous, and cultural experiences. We had 39 people in our group, but everyone was on time and very compatible. It was a good group of travelers.

Calvi W. Alameda, CA
12 Day Classic South Africa with Robben Island, December 2017
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Amazing! South Africa is a beautiful, interesting country. The places, hotels and wildlife were awesome. However, most of all it was Heidi, our tour manager, who made the journey EXCEPTIONAL!

Geney R. Lakeland, FL
14 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls , September 2017
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We had a great time, everything went very well. We were especially impressed by the excellent tour leader Charl who was most knowledgable, efficient, courteous and did everything possible and more to ensure that all went smoothly. He handled the difficult job of organising forty people with great professionalism. Thanks for booking this trip for us. We shall certainly look first at Gate 1 options when we next travel.

Andrew A. NSW, Australia
7 Day Essential Kenya , September 2017
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Nilanjana L. Uttar Pradesh, India
8 Day Essential South Africa , August 2017
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Expectations exceeded! The Gate 1 experience, our first organized tour, was amazing. Communication was great, no surprises and flexibility to explore the beautiful city of Cape Town and surrounding peninsula in a way that made up feel safe and experience the things we wanted to experience. Cape Town and the surrounding area was beautiful. Our Tour coordinator Dexter made it all the better by sharing historic insights and local perspective of the culture. He never left us wondering what we were doing or where we needed to be. A class act all around. At the Mabula Game, not only did we get up close and personal with the "Big Five" and the "Ugly Five", Our Safari Guide Tristin gave us a deeper appreciation for what is being done to protect and preserve these beautiful animals. Tristin shared his knowledge and experience and showed tremendous respect for the animals while positioning us for the best possible pictures. With his help we experienced the sounds, sights and smells of the African bush. All with the best of humor and often capped off with a Sunset over the mountains and a glass of wine. I would recommend this trip to anyone with the slightest interest in visiting Africa.

John N. Sacramento, CA
18 Day Kaleidoscope of South Africa, August 2017
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The trip was awesome! Hotel accommodations were top notch, the itinerary covered every aspect of South Africa's history, flora, fauna, topography, attractions and so much more. Our tour guide, Colleen, was organized, knowledgeable on so many subjects, congenial and passionate about her country. Bus transportation was excellent. Food was good and plentiful. Safaris (3) were superb, except the 3rd day when it rained! All flights were fine! We would definitely consider Gate 1 Travel for another vacation!

Linda W. Shelton, CT
8 Day Essential South Africa , August 2017
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It was amazing. I can't thank Gate 1 and Stuart, our guide for the trip enough. It was a once in a lifetime experience and having a knowledgeable guide made it all the better. Thank you!

Ami D. Fort Lee, NJ
12 Day Classic South Africa , August 2017
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What a wonderful trip! It all started in Cape Town a world class city. We were treated to a penguin habitat that amused and amazed.The Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain,the Waterfront were unforgettable, Our tour manager Jason was EXCELLENT. He regaled us with the history of South Africa, offered us treats and drinks that represented his country. He made sure we were comfortable and was pleasant, personal and professional. The safaris in spite of the cold weather did not dissapoint. The lunch stop in Swaziland with an interesting commentary and cultural performance was memorable. All accomodations and food were above reproach. The fellow travelers got along well which made the journey more special. Johannesburg was interesting and we even took Uber during our free time which gave us the opportunity to connect with the locals. In spite of the long hours of travel getting to know South Africa was very worth it!

Elisa P. Miami, FL
7 Day Essential Kenya, August 2017
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The Kenya trip was wonderful. Tons of great animals and birds close up on all the game drives amid the beautiful savanna plains. Bucket-list worthy hot air balloon ride and informative Maasai village, giraffe conservatory and Karen Blixen home visits. Great lodges to stay in and hospitable, friendly staff everywhere. Very knowledgeable,competent and organized tour manager, Chris. No major snafus or problems. A great time in East Africa. Thanks again for a super trip, Gate 1...already looking forward to my next booked one in Sept. 2018 to the Baltics....

Barbara T. Jacksonville, FL
7 Day Essential Kenya , August 2017
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Amazing, as usual! Christopher, Raphael, and Joel were great tour guides, giving us clear communication on our itinerary each day and all three are excellent safari guides who went out of their way to ensure we saw as many animals from safe, but spectacular vantage points as possible in 3 days. The two safari lodges were beyond our expectations in regards to location and amenities, and the hotel in Nairobi had great superior rooms (the hotel upgraded us for our last night). We just love that when we take a Gate 1 trip we don't have to do a thing except learn and enjoy (and get our luggage out on time!). We did think we were crazy for traveling so far for only 4 days, but so much was packed into that trip that we didn't feel like we missed out on anything! Looking forward to our Discovery trip to Morocco in February 2018!

Catherine M. Chester, CT
7 Day Essential Kenya , August 2017
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It was fantastic! We saw every animal possible and our guides were great. I was very very happy with Gate 1!

Paula M. East Windsor, NJ
12 Day Classic South Africa , June 2017
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This was our first Gate 1 trip and it was memorable and very enjoyable. This lovely experience was in large part due to our superb tour manager Johnathan. He went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed and was extremely knowledgeable with a good sense of humor. The trip allowed us exposure not only to the amazing beauty and wildlife of the countries we visited but also the culture of the people. We look forward to our next Gate 1 experience.

Harriett G. Kingston, Jamaica
14 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls , June 2017
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Just letting you know we had a great trip to South Africa and the extension to Victoria Falls. So a big thank you, to you Maria for getting us on our requested tour date. Your Tour Guides are also worth a special mention. A huge thank you to the Gate 1 tour manager on our trip, Colleen. She looked after our large group very efficiently and was very knowledgeable on a huge range of topics. Colleen was so good about repeating departure times and procedures, and nothing was too much trouble for her. Our tour went like clockwork and there were no nasty surprises. accommodation and the food were of a good standard. The local guides and coach drives were polite and helpful and well trained. Even though we were the only Australians amongst our fellow USA tour group we had a super bunch of fellow travellers and a good mix of ages as well. So we learnt about " the states" as well. Also interesting was that a large percentage of the people had been on tours with Gate 1 before, and one couple it was their 7th tour with Gate 1. That is pretty impressive. We would gladly go on another Gate 1 tour.

Wendy G. NSW, Australia
16 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana, June 2017
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It was exceptional. We enjoyed all of the beautiful and exciting sites throughout the trip. Our tour guide Reneir was great and all of the people who were part of the trip were exceptional. Gate 1 is truly a great company. Thank you for your assistance and support along the way.

Edmund S. Dewitt, MI
14 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls , June 2017
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My trip to South Africa was fabulous. Beautiful country, good food, good wine, great accommodation and a really good bunch of fellow travellers. The trip was extremely well organised. As a single woman travelling alone, this trip, and Peters' tour leading, enabled me to feel safe and secure and has resulted in a new friendship group.

Janene P. VIC, Australia
7 Day Essential Kenya , June 2017
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Our trip was AMAZING! it exceeded expectations in every way, keep having to pinch myself to reassure myself that it wasn't just a dream, but then I have the photos and the memories which are real. Thank you Gate 1

Angela R. Ontario, Canada
12 Day Classic South Africa , June 2017
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We had a FABULOUS trip!. This was my first tour with a group and I truly enjoyed it. The group was good, so we were lucky. But the hotels we stayed at were all excellent and so was the food we enjoyed as part of the tour. Our tour guide, Belinda, was phenomenal. She had a wonderful personality, and was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We could tell she was very experienced. A huge plus! My daughter and I were extremely pleased with the experience. We're already talking about were we should travel next. Thank you to Gate 1 and to our tour guide, Belinda, for an amazing vacation!

Susan P. Dallas, TX
16 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana , June 2017
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It was everything we could have imagined and more. That was my 57, 58, 59 and 60 countries I have been to, and I tell everyone that it was in the top 3 sites I have ever visited (Israel, Egypt and this one). Our guide was great, helpful and patient, and everything was so well planned and organized. Of course, diving with the sharks was just AMAZING and we saw so many!!! I went in twice. Also, the majestic animals in their natural habitats was so thrilling. I was surprised at how beautiful the countries were (especially South Africa and Swaziland). It is a trip that my grandson and I will never forget. Look forward to traveling with you in the future (Ireland, Machu Picchu, Australia and New Zealand, Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam, Taj Mahal and Nepal and from Budapest to Bucharest). I am especially interested in trips that may have free single supplements. It was fantastic - Gate 1 did a great job and I will recommend to anyone who asks.

Janet H. Cleveland, TN
12 Day Classic South Africa , May 2017
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My trip to South Africa was amazing. Jason, the guide, was a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. His knowledge of the area was impressive and he was very attentive to all participant needs. I will certainly do another Gate 1 trip!

Marita P. Aurora, CO
18 Day Kaleidoscope of South Africa, May 2017
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It was fabulous. Our guide, Charl, was the best guide we've ever had on any trip we've taken. He was so knowledgeable about the culture, flora, fauna, geology, geography, astronomy, history and the politics of South Africa. Good hotels, good food, and all in all one of the best trips we've had. Thanks Gate 1!

Heather C. Encinitas, CA
8 Day Essential South Africa , April 2017
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We had a great time. Gate 1 treated us like royalty (as usual). Cape Town is a beautiful city, especially when viewed from the top of Table Mountain. The Mabula Game Lodge was so exciting. We got up close and personal with the "Big Five" as well as dozens of other types of wild game. Our tracker, Isaiah, shared his knowledge and experience with us and positioned our Land Rover for the best possible pictures. Sunset over the mountains, in the African bush, with a glass of wine was a great end to each game drive. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Paul K. Valparaiso, IN
18 Day Kaleidoscope of South Africa, April 2017
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We had a fabulous vacation! The itinerary was terrific and included many excellent stops on the way. Stewart the guide, was knowledgeable, helpful and kept us entertained! Everyone on the tour were like minded fun people and got on famously with each other. We made many new friends and now look forward to planning another trip with Gate 1!

Ansuya D. Ontario, Canada
12 Day Classic South Africa , April 2017
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The trip was extraordinary!!!! So hard to describe the vast number of experiences packed into 10 days! Our guide was delightful, knowledgable and his love for his country was evident. Each day was filled with something even more awesome than the day before. We would have loved to do Victoria Falls but it was out of our price range but it is on our bucket list.

Reva C. Southport, NC
14 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls, April 2017
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The trip was absolutely sensational. Well organised, we got to see all the sites and managed to fit all of the itinerary in despite the weather playing havoc with the trip up Table Mountain. The township tour in Cape town should be an essential part of the trip. One of the highlights for me was our Tour Leader, Charl. His telling of life in South Africa during apartheid told me more about the country than any history book could and he held nothing back. He made sure we all had a good time and could do any of the extra activities we wanted to. Would recommend him highly as one of the best tour leaders we've ever had. We have now booked our next Gate 1 trip for March next year.

Danielle W. Victoria, Australia
12 Day Classic South Africa , March 2017
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GREAT trip!! Our tour manager was super, the hotels were very nice, the food was very good, the group was very friendly and all seemed sad to leave the trip, and of course, the animal viewing was outstanding.

Paul R. Louisville, KY
14 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls, March 2017
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Our guide Don was superb- had amazing command of history of his beloved country. His love and passion for his work came through loud and clear. Truly a great tour guide and a great asset to Gate 1!

Trang B. Haddonfield, NJ
14 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls , March 2017
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IT WAS AMAZING, ABSOLUTELY 100% AMAZING! Our guide, Shaun, was the best we have ever had on any trip that we've taken. Thanks so much to Gate 1 for putting together this incredible itinerary, using wonderful hotels, taking us to places to see things and experience the culture that we would have missed doing this on our own, and having the internal "at home" Gate 1 team there for us from the day we booked to answer any questions and help with any problems. Gate 1 rocks!!!

Judith V. Greenbank, WA

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