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South Africa: What Dreams Are Made Of

February 25- March 9, 2022

South African Women-Only Dream VacationCape Town

There is no doubt that South Africa is one of those destinations that dreams are made of and this is your opportunity to make your dream come true! Let’s explore this magnificent country made up of mountain landscapes, beautiful seascapes, world-class wildlife and luxurious jungle lodges on an unforgettable South Africa Dream Vacation. We will immerse ourselves in the culture and explore the history of the Afrikaans people.

Cape Town has a history of being a city of many layers: cosmopolitan trade roots under the Dutch, then the British rule, followed by the troubled history of the apartheid years. From cosmopolitan city to isolated villages, private game reserves to jungles, we will complement this amazing adventure with South African wines and wonderful award winning regional cuisine

During our South African vacation adventure, we will spend 5 days in a luxury designer boutique hotel on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. Cape Town is a beautiful and sophisticated city perfectly situated for exploring.

During our dream South Africa vacation, we will visit the Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic and the Indian oceans meet, walk on Boulder Beach among the colonies of African penguins, take the cable car to Table Mountain and hike to the beautiful vistas overlooking the city. You will have the opportunity to visit Robben Island and learn more about the days of apartheid and the life of Nelson Mandela and his contribution to the Afrikaans people.

There will be a day to visit the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and take in the amazing carpets of exotic flowers, quaint fishing villages and the small towns along the way featuring the most impressive Cape Dutch architecture.

Leaving beautiful Cape Town, we will spend 3 days touring the South African Winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Only half an hour drive outside of Cape Town, we are at the beginning of the Cape vineyards, where cultivation of grapes dates back to the 1600s. Today this is the largest winemaking region in South Africa, and the large wine estates offer you a personal experience of wine tasting and education.

After our fill of wine, flora, fauna and architecture, we will fly to Johannesburg to begin a most memorable part of your dream vacation: 4 days spent on an African safari. Part of the Kruger National Park, our authentic safari will commence at Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. Here, we’ll experience the true wonder of Africa, as we enjoy daily safaris to view the Big Five (LionLeopardElephantBuffalo and Rhino), bush walks and spa treatments!

Take care of YOU!

A country filled with much diversity and experiences ensures this trip to be your dream vacation of a lifetime. Your dream vacation is Her Dream Vacation! 12 nights, 13 days of a South African vacation like no other. This dream vacation will begin in Cape Town, SA and end Johannesburg, SA.

Please join a group of like minded women with a South Africa Dream Vacation on their bucket list. They have decided that the time is NOW! How about you?


Welcome to South Africa! 

February 25

Day 1

182967_1647680670529_3130736_nYou will be met in the arrivals area of the International Airport and brought to our luxurious hotel by a private driver. Arrivals are often times late evening into Cape Town. If your preference is to arrive a day early, please let us know!

This day will remain flexible until individual flight information for group is confirmed. A serendipitous day indeed!

*Dinner


Cobblestones and Colored Houses

February 26

Day 2

Acape_malay02fter breakfast, we will meet for our guide for our morning exploration of Cape Town. Cape Town is referred to as the Mother City and in the Mother City, we will begin!

180859_1647660950036_7158228_nOur professional guide and driver will take us to the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), the lively Green Market Square with its daily market, the 183482_1647653629853_3131701_nCompany Gardens and of course Table Mountain which will give us spectacular views over the city and Peninsula.

On the descent, we will stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobblestone streets and brightly colored houses.

Our evening will be spent on the Albert and Victoria Waterfront with a festive and colorful welcome dinner at a local Afrikaans restaurant.

*Breakfast, Dinner


From Prison to High Tea 

February 27

Day 3

185654_1647664110115_1714033_nWe will begin the morning with a tour of Robben IslandLocated in Table Bay, we will take a ferry to visit the island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life imprisoned. This journey will give you a moment of pause and reflection as you think about those years of his captivity and the years of apartheid.

It’s a humbling moment when you step into his former cell and reflect on his life. After this amazing experience, we will then visit the District 6 Museum. The museum highlights the forced expulsion and ultimate demise of this former vibrant district.

But not all is lost in the reflections of a dark past. Once we arrive back in Cape Town, we will have High Tea on the beautiful porch of the infamous Mount Nelson Hotel. You will have the evening free to shop or do more exploring on the majestic Albert and Victoria Waterfront!

*Breakfast


Meeting of Two Oceans

February 28

Day 4

imagesAfter a sumptuous breakfast, we will depart by private transportation for our full day Cape Peninsula Tour! The hottest real estate in the world!

We will drive past pristine beaches, stop for coffee in quaint Hout Bay and then take a scenic Seal Island Cruise. Following our cruise, we will make our way to the Cape of Good Hope where we will ride a funicular to the southern tip for the most amazing views.

This viewing point will leave you breathless as you look down to where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Hovering over the sea with mountain views and rocky landscapes, 181652_1647637629453_4122683_nthis is also home to mountain zebra, baboons, ostriches and eland.

After a fabulous cliffside lunch, we will continue along the coastline to beautiful Boulders Beach.

When was the last time you took a stroll among a colony of African penguins? Our last stop of the day will be in Simon’s Town. Simon’s Town is an old European settlement and we will spend the afternoon shopping in the quirky shops before we have our sundowner and head back to Cape Town.

*Breakfast, Lunch


Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

March 1

Day 5

images-1Today we will continue getting acquainted with Cape Town. We will meet our guide who will lead us on a tour of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.  

Home to amazing examples of South African flora and fauna. With over 3,500 species, it is regarded as one of the finest botanical gardens in the world. Stone sculptures, floral shows, botanical displays and Table Mountain as an amazing backdrop, it doesn’t get better than this!

The tour will end with a diamond cutting demonstration and a private afternoon shopping tour before returning to our hotel.

*Breakfast


Feast of Food and Drink

March 2

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This morning will be at leisure before we begin our journey to the Winelands. With over 300 wineries, how will we have enough time over the next 3 days to visit them all? Guided by an expert guide of the region and a local sommelier, we will spend the 3 days taking in the best of the best.

As we travel to our hotel, we will stop for a wine tasting lunch at a wine estate with the most fantastic views of the stunning mountain ranges. 179845_1647594668379_7304605_nThe amazing estates, the Dutch homesteads, the vineyards, is where we we will sample some of South Africa’s most exquisite wines.

In the late afternoon, we will arrive to our luxury boutique hotel accommodations in Franschhoek, one of the world’s gastronomic capitals and South Africa’s oldest settlement. This evening’s dinner will be at one of the finest award winning restaurants featuring local meats, amazing desserts and of course, the finest of wines.

*Breakfast, Dinner


A Dutch Treat

March 3

Day 7

After a lovely traditional dutch breakfast, this morning can be spent shopping in Franschhoek, (a shopaholic’s dream) or you can choose to remain at leisure and have a spa treatment. There is truly something for everyone in this lovely village.

If you choose shopping, you will find antiques, collectable books, diamond jewelry, designer clothing, artworks or chocolate along the Main Street.

This afternoon we visit the monument erected in memory of the French Huguenots, who brought their winemaking skills to the valley in centuries past. We will then visit two of the finest wine estates in the area to experience first hand the fine wines and local cheeses made in the traditional way.

*Breakfast


Biltong and Wine

March 4

Day 8

184002_1647590268269_3977404_nThis morning we leave Franschhoek and begin our way back towards Stellenbosch, the wine capital of South Africa, and the second oldest town. We will sample Biltong and Bobotie, Koeksisters and Melktert while meeting a host of the local characters enroute!

Between tasting stops and visits with artisans, we will hear delightful stories, some true and maybe some, not so true.

In the afternoon, we will jump into an open Land Rover for a 2 hour trip through the beautiful Waterford Estate on the beautiful slopes of the Helderberg.

Not only will we get the chance to taste award winning Estate wines in the vineyards of their origin but we will meet the winemakers and be guided through all the aspects of what makes this area so biodiverse and viticulturally unique.

We will end our wine tour with a visit to the award winning Tokara or Thelema and the breathtaking Stark-Conde wine estates.

*Breakfast


Let’s Trade!

March 5

Day 9

39_Dorp_Street,_StellenboschA morning at leisure to take a walk along the popular Dorp Street in Stellenbosch with its historical old Cape Dutch architecture. There will also be the opportunity to visit “Oom Samie se Winkel”, an old trading post that is a must-see before we make our way to the airport and head to our Safari adventure!

imgres-2We will take an early afternoon flight to Johannesburg where we will then take a short hop flight to meet our guides who will then take us to our beautiful luxury lodging of Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

After we have settled in, we will have a sunset safari and an evening welcome braai.

*Breakfast, Dinner


On Safari

March 6

Day 10

The day starts early with a wake up call at 5.30am. We will meet our guide/ranger who will take us to Kruger Park to find the leopards, the rhinos, the lioness, the impalas, the hyenas. We will spend the morning game viewing, stopping off at water holes, following river lines, checking dams. What will we spot?

For breakfast, we will stop at a picnic site for a bountiful well deserved breakfast. For the rest of the morning, we will continue game viewing on a few loops in the Satara region, focusing on the Timbavati River loop. Hopefully, this afternoon, we will spot a cheetah while making our way to the Orpen Gate as we leave Kruger Park. From ‘Orpen Gate’ we will head back Sabi Sand Game Reserve passing through rural villages. Photo opportunities along the way!

Upon returning to the Sabi Sands Reserve, we will head back to our lodging to freshen up before our for lunch. After lunch, we will have leisure time – siesta, a swim or some socializing.

Late afternoon we will have our tea and coffee before we make our way to the open 4 x 4 Land Rovers and start our afternoon game drive.

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Lions and Leopards and…

March 7

Day 11

1lion-sands-river-lodge-lionesses-590After a leisurely breakfast, we will have our first safari of the day in hope of spotting the Big 5: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo.

 Have your cameras ready! The beautiful and historic Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve comprises 65 000 acres and  50 kms of its unfenced border adjoining the Kruger National Park.

Wildlife roam freely between the reserve and the park. What we spotted yesterday may be different than what we see today! Sundowners, a lovely dinner and a campfire for tonight! Sleeping to the roar of lions! Sweet Africa Dreams!

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Don’t Make Mama Mad

March 8

Day 12

images-3During this morning’s safari, we focus on the elephant. Our guide will be tracking a big breeding herd of elephants with the hope we will be welcomed. The females are very protective of their young and the matriarch makes it very clear we are not wanted.

1-lion-sands-ivory-lodge-lion-roar-480_295x200Loud trumpeting and a few mock charges from them but with extra caution, we can approach. Your photos will be as magnificent as the majestic elephants!

It will be an impressive gathering of elephants, young and old and of course, we will be star struck by their performances in the wild!

images-4The herd will slowly leave us. And as we head back to camp for breakfast, we hope to spot the white rhinos!

This afternoon before tea and safari, we will pack to be ready to depart in the morning. A special safari and farewell celebration will be a part of the evening events as we say goodbye to our hosts, both two legged and four legged!

*Breakfast, Lunch, dinner


Mooi Loop (Go Well!)

March 9

Day 13

One more safari to say goodbye? And then we begin our journey home. We will travel along the ‘Panoramic Route’ driving through the Northern Drakensberg Mountains. En-route you will stop and spend a few minutes at famous scenic spots such as God’s Window, World’s View, Berlin Falls, Blyde River Canyon at the Three Rondavels and if there is still time, we will visit Pilgrims Rest. A four hour relaxed drive to Johannesburg for your early evening flight home. In the event, you would like to stay overnight in Johannesburg, arrangements can be made.

*Breakfast

Travel Philosophy

CULTURE & GASTRONOMY: Local culture and gastronomy are a primal part of our travel experience. We visit cultural sites and always enjoy the local seasonal dishes, fresh vegetables and local wines. We spend time with the locals, stay in a variety of accommodations and we are respectful of local customs, cultural differences and new experiences. Please join us!

 

BOOKING AND PAYMENT DETAILS

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS. We believe all women deserve their own space and privacy.  Her Dream Vacation tour price includes private single room in boutique hotels or similar private accommodations, meals and tours where indicated, private transportation and more.

This particular dream vacation is limited to 8 women. Minimum booking is 6. In the event, we do not meet the minimum capacity for travel, you will have the option to pay a supplemental fee for a private customized tour.  This decision will be made with your approval and receipt of supplemental payment.

Early reservations are advised and a non refundable deposit of $800.00 is required at the time of your reservation. You will receive a confirmation with travel details and an invoice for balance due. Full payment is due 120 days prior to commencement of trip.

If you are making your reservation, less than 90 days of departure, the entire amount of the trip must be paid in full at the time of reservation. Please contact us and you will be invoiced. 

Tour Cost:  $8695.00 

Does Not Include: International flight or mandatory all inclusive travel insurance. Tips for guides, drivers, meals not indicated, alcoholic beverages, & personal spending or taxes.

*Itinerary is subject to change based upon weather and unknown events. Final itinerary with listed hotel accommodations, contact information, and transfer schedule will be sent prior to departure.*

THIS IS NOT A BUS TOUR. We will be traveling using private transportation, trains, and planes. After final payment, you will be sent additional information with travel and packing tips, final day to day itinerary, logistics and needed details from you to help you with ease of travel.

Our small group women’s tours include many extras that you may not be expecting. Because we are a small women’s group tour, we have the luxury of flexibility including necessary changes. We stop when we want to, we add in an extra site and we start our day when it makes sense. Some days are easier than others but you do have some free time built in. It is important to us that you take care of YOU. Do you want to get a massage? Go shopping? Or just chill in your room with a good book? Please do so with being mindful and respectful to your tour companions and traveling concierge.

We have expert guides and drivers who answer questions one on one, with transportation that is typically a luxurious touring van. We immerse with the locals and there is a lot of serendipity! We visit the “planned by us” but unknown to you and surprises along the way are built in.

 If you need any further assistance or payment options, please email:  info@herdreamvacation.com

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