18 Day Kaleidoscope of South Africa

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Durban – Port Elizabeth.

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 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.

Feb 8 departure will be accommodated at Protea Hotel Riempie Estate in Oudtshoorn.


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. 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 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. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Johannesburg, Cape Town-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Durban-Port Elizabeth
  • 16 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Johannesburg
    • 3 nights Hazyview
    • 1 night eSwatini
    • 2 nights Hluhluwe
    • 1 night Port Elizabeth
    • 2 nights Knysna
    • 1 night Oudtshoorn
    • 4 nights Cape Town
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 33 meals: 16 breakfast, 6 lunches, 11 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

  • Visit Nelson Mandela's former home and the stirring Apartheid Museum
  • Thrilling game drives with experienced rangers in Kruger National Park, home of the “Big Five”
  • Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, renowned for its conservation efforts
  • Visit a Zulu Village to observe the local culture and traditional dancing
  • Cruise to the tidal St. Lucia Estuary, home to Nile crocodiles, hippopotami, and sharks
  • Journey along the picturesque Garden Route to Knysna, a paradise for nature lovers
  • Visit Featherbed Nature Reserve, a Natural Heritage Site, home of the endangered Blue Duiker
  • In Oudtshoorn, visit a working Ostrich Farm to learn more about the world's biggest bird
  • Tour historic Robben Island*, a World Heritage Site and view the former prison cell of Nelson Mandela
  • Home Hosted Dinner in Cape Town with South African wine and delightful conversation

*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. 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 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. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Johannesburg
Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa. Born a gold mining town, it’s often called "Gauteng - the City of Gold." Transfer to your hotel; time to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Johannesburg

DAY 3, Sunday - Soweto Tour
A visit to Soweto reveals the township’s bustling neighborhood life, setting trends in politics, fashion, music, and dance. Visit Nelson Mandela's former home, now a museum, with its expansive multimedia exhibits outlining the life of this storied South African hero. Then, to the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, dedicated to casualties of the Soweto uprising of 1976. Lunch in Soweto at a popular restaurant before a visit to the stirring Apartheid Museum. Here, journey through the beginning of segregation in the country implementation of the system and factors that shaped its 20th-century history. This evening, a Welcome Dinner together celebrates your arrival
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Panorama Route to Kruger National Park Area
Depart after breakfast and travel to Mpumalanga Province, known as "Paradise Country," driving the spectacular "Panorama Route." Visit Bourke's Luck Potholes, a series of waterfalls and distinctive rock formations created by countless millennia. From afar spot the famous “Three Sisters,” huge spiraling mountaintop sculptures that resemble pointed roofs of traditional African homesteads, considered a geological wonder. This evening join your traveling companions for dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day Game Drive in Kruger National Park
Rise early to get ready for a thrilling open vehicle game drive with an experienced ranger in Kruger National Park. Larger than the state of Connecticut, the park offers some of the best game and wildlife viewing opportunities in the entire world, and early morning is an optimal time of day. Perhaps you’ll have a chance to see lion, elephant, giraffe, or zebra in their natural habitat. Search for the “Big Five” and keep an eye out for the many other smaller creatures that also live in this reserve including over 500 species of birds and over 100 different reptiles. Lunch inside the park before another game drive in the afternoon. Later, after the day's excitement, return to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Morning at Leisure, Sunset Safari & Boma Dinner in Kruger National Park
Spend your morning at leisure. Later in the afternoon, head to Kruger Park National Park for a Sunset Safari and Boma dinner. Embark on a game drive in the world-famous Kruger National Park, a place of unspoiled beauty which is home to the Big Five, a multitude of animals and an array of bird life. Experience a magnificent African sunset before your Boma dinner in the bush. Dine under the glittering African sky and savor a sumptuous meal. Return to the hotel later this evening with memories of a lifetime!
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - eSwatini*
The drive today takes you to eSwatini, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, fine handicrafts and vibrant indigenous culture. Visit the Ngwenya glass factory where talented glass blowers form enchanting African animals, birds and fish from 100% recycled glass, collected by the children of eSwatini. Later, perhaps join the excursion to a Swati candle factory to see wax artists creating beautiful candles in different shapes and sizes. Dinner together at the hotel
*Please note: eSwatini is an independent country from South Africa and therefore has different entry requirements. Non-US passport holders are responsible to check if a visa is required for eSwatini in addition to all other countries on their itinerary.
Overnight: eSwatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - St. Lucia Estuary Cruise
Travel to Hluhluwe, a small town in northern KwaZulu-Natal on the banks of the Hluhluwe River. After lunch en route, continue to the southernmost point of Lake St. Lucia to embark on a cruise to the tidal St. Lucia Estuary, home to Nile crocodiles, hippopotami, sea turtles, and even sharks -- a fascinating and uniquely diverse ecosystem
Overnight: Hluhluwe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi & Zulu Village
This morning travel to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest game park in South Africa, established in 1895. As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s, the park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. On this morning’s game drive, you may have a chance to see Africa's 'Big Five' (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros). Afterwards, visit a Zulu village where you will have an opportunity to observe their dancing, local culture and experience a traditional lunch
Overnight: Hluhluwe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Fly to Port Elizabeth
In Durban board a flight to Port Elizabeth, known as the “Friendly City.” A scenic orientation tour introduces you to this lovely city with its balmy climate and sandy white beaches. In the evening, perhaps a trip to the Boardwalk Entertainment Complex known for its eateries and action filled casino
Overnight: Port Elizabeth
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Garden Route to Knysna
Today, journey along South Africa’s picturesque Garden Route via Tsitsikamma National Park in the Western Cape Province to Knysna. The park is one of South Africa’s most diverse protected natural areas. One of the many highlights in this area is the long suspension bridge offering striking gorge views. Then enjoy a guided tour of Birds of Eden, an award winning bird sanctuary. Explore the enormous single-dome flight aviary, home to 3500 birds from 200 species. Proceed to Knysna, a protected marine reserve, nestled on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon
Overnight: Knysna
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Featherbed Nature Reserve
Today, take the ferry to Knysna’s famous Featherbed Nature Reserve with its abundance of plant, bird and small wildlife, including the rare Blue duiker, and a variety of marine life. Upon arrival, embark on a hike along a trail that winds its way through Milkwood Forests up to steep sandstone cliffs overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean. The trail also meanders past ancient Khoi sea caves and through indigenous wilderness. After your walk, head to the restaurant set on the edge of the lagoon for lunch before returning to Knysna for leisure time
Overnight: Knysna
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Wednesday - Cango Caves & Oudtshoorn’s Ostrich Farms
This morning, a scenic drive takes you along the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo (Little Karoo). Take in the beauty of the deep gorges and ravines, the high cliffs and the majestic mountains to the south and north and the ever-present colorful Fynbos vegetation of the region. Tour the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s great natural wonders. Be amazed by the range of dripstone caverns that open into large areas of towering stalagmite formations, some resembling real-life objects, and even historical figures. One of the main attractions and the most famous is Cleopatra’s Needle, which stands at 30 feet high and is at least 150,000 years old. Continue to Oudtshoorn, the "Ostrich Capital of the World," and learn more about the world's biggest bird. Oudtshoorn's ostrich industry dates back to 1864 when ostrich feathers were fashionable accessories among European nobility, launching the feather industry in South Africa. On to a working ostrich farm for an interesting guided tour that explains every aspect of ostrich farming, breeding, and rearing. View the eggs, incubators, and chicks (in season) and perhaps even feed one of the ostriches by hand
Overnight: Oudtshoorn
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Thursday - Scenic Drive to Cape Town, Wine Blending Experience
Today, travel from the Garden Route to Cape Town via Route 62, considered the longest wine route in the world. Stop in Robertson, filled with wonderful examples of traditional white washed Cape Dutch architecture. Visit Zandvliet Wine Estate, which dates back to 1838 and was one of the very first Shiraz producers in the country. Here, you will have the opportunity to blend, bottle, label and take with you your very own bottle of wine. In the late afternoon, arrive to Cape Town where you will be welcomed by the towering symbol of the city - Table Mountain
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Friday - Cape Town City Tour
The discovery of Cape Town begins with a drive past the Castle of Good Hope built by the Dutch East India Company, the splendid baroque City Hall, and the Grand Parade. View St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pass the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter where thousands of slaves were brought in the early 18th century from Java, Ceylon and other Far Eastern regions. 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 and the famous silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches. Explore Cape Town this afternoon on your own, perhaps visit the seaside Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex with its endless shopping, cafes, and restaurants. Later, you're invited to a home hosted dinner. You'll be welcomed by a local family in their home to share a delicious dinner coupled with world-famous South African wines and delightful conversation
*Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closed between Jul 22 - Aug 11, 2019
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Saturday - Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
Depart on a full day tour of the striking Cape Peninsula. Drive to Cape Point passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches. Stop at Hout Bay; see colorful boats moored on the docks and fresh fish markets overlooking the bay. The scenic drive then meanders along the coast to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, a World Heritage site comprising over 17,000 acres of indigenous flora and fauna. Ascend by funicular to the old lighthouse built to warn ships sailing near the “Cape of Storms.” The views are spectacular! After, continue on to Boulders Beach, home of an endangered land-based colony of African penguins, viewing these unique and endearing animals in their natural habitat is a unique experience!. End the day with a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with a rich display of more than 7,000 species and the first garden to be included within a natural World Heritage Site
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 17, Sunday - Tour of Robben Island
This morning, a tour of historic Robben Island* 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 for time at leisure. Tonight, say goodbye to your newfound friends and Tour Manager at a Farewell Dinner
*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.
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18, Monday - Depart South Africa
Transfer to the airport in Cape Town for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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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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The trip to Kenya was absolutely fabulous. It was a dream come true and I owe it all to Gate 1. Never having stepped out of my country before I was scared how things would pan out but you guys made it effortless and I felt so taken care of. I am looking forward to a whole lot of places with you. I have been recommending you to my friends in India because not many people know about Gate 1 out here. Keep up the good work. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience.

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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