Trip Itinerary

NIH Ski and Travel presents ...
Highlights of South Africa
1 9 d a y s - Land Tour o n l y - $ 3 1 5 5
2 0 d a y s - including international airfare from
Pric e includes
Elephant Tour on
Day 12
Washington Dulles-$4755
Additional departure cities are available
September 24, 2015
Returns October 14, 2015
Improve your value with these optional extensions:
Big Five Bush Safari, South Africa: 4 nights pre-trip $1195 Departs 9/20/15
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: 3 nights post-trip $1445 Returns 10/17/15
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Entabeni Game Reserve 0
(Pre-trip exJension)
. Mbabane
Soweto SW, U ILAND
+ ,'Johonresburg
St. Lucia
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Overnight Stay
Swellendom .60.udtshoorn
Cape Town.6. .6.
•Port Elizabeth
Cape Point
Included Tour/Stop
Optional Tour/
Motor Route
• • • •
• Choose to purchase Grand Circle's
airfare, and your airport transfers,
government taxes, fees, and airline fuel
surcharges are included. Or, make your
own air arrangements
• All flights within South Africa
• Accommodations for 18 nights in comfort
able rooms with private baths
• 36 meals: 18 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and
10 dinners
• 13 included tours
• Exclusive services of a resident Grand
Circle Program Director (assigned to no
more than 42 travelers)
• 5% Frequent Traveler Credit toward your
next Grand Circle trip--on average of
• Private motorcoach land travel
• Baggage handling for l piece of luggage
per person, including tips
• Exclusive Discovery Series events:
Glassblowing demonstration • Swazi
Cultural Experience • An Afternoon with
the Zulu • Home-Hosted Dinner
• Personal headset on all included and
optional tours
Fly U.S. • London • Johannesburg,
South Africa
Protea Hotel Wanderers
INCLUDED TOURS: Soweto, Apartheid
Kruger National Park
Protea Hotel The Winkler
INCLUDED TOURS: Mpumalanga, 2 full-day
game-viewing drives
OPTIONAL TOUR: Intimate African Safari
Mbabane, Swaziland
Mountain Inn or similar
9-10 Hluhluwe
Protea Hotel Hluh/uwe or similar
INCLUDED TOUR: Game-viewing drive in
Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
OPTIONAL TOUR: St. Lucia Estuary
11-12 Port Elizabeth
Protea Hotel M arine or similar
INCLUDED TOUR: Port Elizabeth
OPTIONAL TOUR: Addo Elephant
National Park
13-15 Knysna
The Rex Hotel or similar
INCLUDED TOURS: Oudtshoorn Ostric h
Farm, Knysna Lagoon &
Featherbed Bay
16-19 Cape Town
Protea Hotel President (First Class)
INCLUDED TOURS: Swellendam , Cape
Town, Cape Peninsula, Stellenbosch
OPTIONAL TOUR: Cape Town Townships
Now included for 2015
Gratuities on your main trip are now
included for local guides, driver-guides,
and motorcoach drivers
Fly Cape Town •
Johannesburg • U.S.
Please mention this
code when booking:
Reservations & Inf o r m a t io n: C a l l Bob Bin g a m a n 301 - 788- 9802
GS-l 600J
Follow exotic wildlife on game-viewing
drives through Kruger National Park
and the Hluhluwe-Um folozi Game
Reserve ... enjoy stays in charming
coastal towns along the famed Garden
Route ... and explore cosmopolitan
Cape Town. Everywhere you go, you'll
connect with the people of South Africa
and encounter a veritable kaleidoscope
of cultures and creeds.
off for Kruger National Park. En route,
stop at scenic viewpoints to marvel at
Mpumalanga, a province known for its
dramatic landscapes. Tonight, dinner will
be served at your hotel.
B,D - Protea Hotel The Winkler
Day 5 Kruger National Park • Intimate
African Safari. Embark on a full-day
Intimate African Safari game drive, during
which you will explore Kruger National
Park aboard a small, open-air vehicle. A
packed lunch will be provided by the hotel.
Tonight, dinner will be at your hotel.
B,L , D -Protea Hotel The Winkler
Day 1 Depart U.S.
Day 2 Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa.
Upon arrival this evening, a Grand Circle
representative meets you at the airport and
helps you transfer to your hotel, where
you'll meet your Program Director and
fellow travelers, including those who have
just finished our optional pre-trip extension,
Big Five Bush Safari, South Africa.
Protea Hotel Wanderers
Day 3 Johannesburg • Soweto • Apartheid
Museum. Begin your discoveries of South
Africa with an included tour of Soweto,
a former shantytown on the outskirts
of Johannesburg. Here, you'll visit the
Hector Pieterson Memorial and Apartheid
Museum, and enjoy lunch at a local
restaurant. Tonight, get to know your
fellow travelers during a Welcome Dinner
at your hotel.
B,L,D - Protea Hotel Wanderers
Day 4 Johannesburg • Mpumalanga •
Kruger National Park. After breakfast, set
Day 6 Kruger National Park • Full-day
game drive • Optional Intimate African
Safari. After breakfast, you'll board a coach
for a full-day game-viewing drive.
Or, join an optional full-day Intimate
African Safari, on which you'll get the
chance to go further afield -in an open-air
vehicle with a maximum of ten passengers.
During this journey to some of the park 's
most remote areas, you will be accompa
nied by a qualified guide. We will return in
the afternoon and then dine tonight at your
B,D - Protea Hotel The Winkler
Day 7 Kruger National Park • Mbabane,
Swaziland. After breakfast, cross the border
into the Kingdom of Swaziland. Admire
the diversity of the Swazi landscape as you
journey to the capita Mbabane .
Upon your arrival, observe the artistic
techniques of Swazi glassblowers during a
visit to a local workshop. Tonight, enjoy
dinner at your hotel.
B,D -Mountain Inn or similar
Day 8 Mbabane.
Today you'll enjoy a full day of a Swazi
Cultural Experience. After breakfast , gather
with your fellow travelers to enjoy produce,
local crafts, and wares of the Swazi people
when you attend the Mbabane Craft
You'll also visit the Fontein Social Care
Center, supported by Grand Circle
Foundation- part of the World
Classroom initiative.
Then behold the artistry of local
candle-makers as they work their magic in
w a x - using an age-old process-at a Swazi
After lunch at the workshop, you'll make
a short stop at the memorial built in honor
of King Sobuza, who brought Swaziland to
independence in 1968. Tonight, dinner will
be on your own.
B,L -Mountain Inn or similar
Day 9 Mbabane • Hluhluwe, South Africa.
Return to South Africa today, to the town
of Hluhluwe.
Spend an Afternoon with the Zulu by
touring a Zulu uzumi (homestead), sharing
lunch, and learning the secrets of the mysti
cal nyangas (herbal healers). Tonight, enjoy
dinner at the hotel.
B,L,D -Protea Hotel Hluhluwe or similar
Day 10 Hluhluwe • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi
Game Reserve • Optional St. Lucia
Estuary tour. After breakfast, set off for a
game-viewing drive through the Hluhluwe
Umfolozi Game Reserve-the oldest park in
all of Africa. Be on the lookout for the "Big
Five" and the world's largest population
of white rhinos. Afterward, you'll have the
option to enjoy lunch while boating down
the St. Lucia Estuary, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site likened to a sub-tropical
paradise. Then return to your hotel for
leisure time until dinner is served.
B , D -Protea Hotel Hluhluwe or similar
Day 1 1 Hluhluwe • Port Elizabeth. Today,
journey to D u r b a n -Africa's largest
p o r t - where you'll catch a flight to Port
Elizabeth. Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of the
city's historical attractions. This evening is
at leisure.
B-Protea Hotel Marine or similar
Day 12 Port Elizabeth • Optional Addo
Elephant National Park tour. If you choose
our optional tour of Addo Elephant
Reservations & Inf o r m a t io n: C a l l Bob Bin g a m a n 301 - 788- 9802
• 7 locations in 19 days
Physical Requirements
• Not accessible for travelers using
wheelchairs or scooters
• Travelers using walkers, crutches, or
other mobility aids must travel with
a companion who ca n assist them
throughout the trip
• You must b e able to walk 1-2 miles
unassisted a n d participate in 2-3 hours
of physical activities each day, including
• Balance a n d agility are required for
boardin g 4x4 vehicles unassisted
National Park, you'll have an opportunity
to see not only elephants, but many other
celebrated safari animals. Or explore Port
Elizabeth at your leisure.
B -Protea Hotel Marine or similar
Day 13 Port Elizabeth • Knysna. After
breakfast, embark on a scenic journey along
South Africa's famous Garden Route, a
stretch of coastline noted for its rolling hills,
verdant meadows, and pristine beaches.
Arrive in Knysna later this afternoon.
Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
B , D -The Rex Hotel or sim ilar
Day 14 Knysna • Oudtshoorn Ostrich
Farm. Journey inland today to Oudtshoorn.
You'll visit a working ostrich farm, where
you can observe (and even participate in!)
an ostrich derby. Enjoy lunch on the farm
before returning to Knysna.
B , L -The Rex Hotel or sim ilar
Day 15 Knysna • Knysna Lagoon &
Featherbed Bay. Today, you'll ferry across
Knysna Lagoon for an included tour of
Featherbed Bay Nature Reserve. After an
al fresco lunch under the park's milkwood
trees, you'll have time to explore on your
B,L- The Rex Hotel or sim ilar
Day 17 Cape Town • Optional Cape Town
Townships tour • Home-Hosted Dinner.
Today's included city tour features a cable
car ride up Table Mountain (weather
permitting) for ocean and mountain views.
This afternoon, enjoy leisure time to explore
Cape Town on your own. Or perhaps you'll
join our optional tour to Cape Town's
vibrant townships to learn about the
traditions and daily way of life here.
This evening, enjoy a Home-Hosted Dinner
with a local family.
B , D -Protea Hotel President
Day 18 Cape Town • Cape Peninsula.
Enjoy a full-day included tour of scenic
Cape Peninsula, where you'll visit Boulders
Beach to see African penguins at play.
You'll also visit Kirstenbosch Botanical
Gardens before savoring lunch at a local
restaurant. Spend the rest of the day at your
• Daytim e temperatures range from
62-80°F durin g touring season
• December-March are the warmest
• Travel over uneven walkin g surfaces ,
including unpaved paths, hills, stairs, a n d
• Travel by 45- to 52-seat motorcoach, 4x4
vehicle, ferry, a n d cable car
• Meals will b e based on the local cuisine
Tailor your vacation
with our optional tours
Intimate African Satori
(Day 6, $135 per person)
Please note: This optional tour is also
offered on Day 5 as an included feature.
A minimum of six participants is required
to operate this tour.
B , L -Protea Hotel President
St. Lucia Estuary (Day 10, $48 per person)
Day 19 Cape Town • Stellenbosch. Venture
to South Africa's wine-producing region
on an included excursion to Stellenbosch
to sample the region's celebrated wines.
Tonight, share your impressions of South
Africa with your fellow travelers during a
Farewell Dinner.
Addo Elephant National Pork
(Day 12, $60 per person)
Please note: This tour takes place in a
motorcoach, instead of a safari vehicle.
It is recommende d that you reserve this
optional tour at least 45 days prior to
Day 16 Knysna • Swellendam • Cape
Town. Depart for Cape Town this morn
ing. En route, stop in Mossel Bay, and visit
historic Swellendam. You'll enjoy lunch
at a local restaurant and tour the Drostdy
Museum, a former outpost of the Dutch
East India Company. Arrive in Cape Town
early this evening.
Day 20 Cape Town • Johannesburg •
Return to U.S. You'll have the morning
at leisure before your flight home via
Johannesburg. Or begin your optional
extension in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
B,L- Protea Hotel President
B , D -Protea Hotel President
Cope Town Townships
(Day 17, $55 per person)
Please note: It is recommended that you
reserve this optional tour at least 45 days
prior to departure.
Optional tour prices listed are U.S. dollar
estimates determined at the time of
publication and are subject to change .
Optional tours may vary.
Reservations & Inf o r m a t io n: C a l l Bob Bin g a m a n 301 - 788- 9802
2015 Land Tour Only
NIH Ski and Travel Club
SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
Land Tour only
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Contact Bob Bingaman 301-788-9802
Deposit: $350 per person.
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
3 nights post-trip s 1445
Travel from only $482 per night
Your optional extension includes:
GOVERNMENT TAXES AND FEESThe following governme nt taxes a nd fees are now
included in your airfare price . Governme nt and other authority taxe s and fees:
September 11th Sec urity Fee of up to $2.50 USD a p plies per passenger. per flight
segment (maximum charg e per t r i p - $ 5 .00 USD one-way, $10.00 USD round trip).
A flight segment is define d as one takeoff a nd one landing . Passenger Faciltty
Charge (PFC) of up to $18 per p assenger. Federa l Domestic Flig ht Segment Fee of
up to $3.70 USD a p p lies per passenger. per flight segment (define d as a takeoff
a nd a landing). U.S. o r tnternatlonal Departure and Arrival Charges of up to $200
USD may a p ply dependin g an itinerary. On select itineraries that includ e the
purchase of a pre- and/or post-trip extension. U.S. or international departure and
arriva l cha rges of up to $300 USD may apply. C all for details.Standard Terms &
Conditions c a n b e found on the w e b at www get com/l e .
• Air
transportatio n
Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
• Accommodations for 3 nights
in Victoria Falls at the Superior
First-Class Elephant Hills Resort
• 4 meals: 3 breakfasts a n d
1 dinner
• Included tour: Victoria Falls
walkin g tour with a local
resident g uid e
• Exclusive services of a resident
Grand C ircle Program Director
• All transfers
Build Optional Tours
The pre-trip requires 14 travelers in order to operate
The post-trip requires 16 travelers to operate
Reservations & Information:
Call Bob Bingaman 301-788-9802
Pay in full with a c hec k 1 year prior to
departed and rec eiv e 10% sav ings
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the reservations agen t
the following informa tion
Trip name/code: Highlights of South Africa/ SAF
Departure date: Septembe r 24, 2015
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