South African Sojourn (IQS)

9 Day Package from Cape Town to Johannesburg

Lions and rhinos and cheetahs—oh, my. Oh, yeah…and elephants and giraffes and impala and even penguins! Step out of the ordinary and into Africa for a vacation that will leave you in awe! This 9-day Monograms vacation includes a choice of accommodations, private guided sightseeing, shared game drives, breakfast daily, and four lunches. Plus, in Cape Town and Johannesburg a Local Host® is at your service—a friendly face and expert on the local scene who ensures your vacation runs smoothly, answers your questions, and helps you personalize your experience. And on safari, you’ll have experienced Rangers and game trackers with you on all game drives.

From the moment you take your first step, the Monograms difference becomes apparent. Your vacation begins in Cape Town, where we can pick you up at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Dig into a delicious included breakfast the next morning before a private guided tour with your Local Host featuring a cable-car ride to the top of Table Mountain for spectacular views of Cape Town. Next, descend from the mountain to the ocean as you visit Boulders Beach with its delightful colony of African penguins. Lastly, explore beautiful Cape Point Nature Reserve—home to Cape Point, the southwesternmost point on the continent. The following day is free to explore on your own or you can join an optional excursion. Consider a visit to the beautiful Cape winelands for a magical day winery visits and tastings. From June to December you can also choose to go whale-watching in Hermanus, the self-proclaimed whale-watching capital of the world.

Next, travel to the Kruger National Park area, where we transfer you to your lodge in a private game reserve. From here, head out multiple times with a professional Ranger in search of Africa's “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. You’re sure to encounter many other species as well. Cap off each day with refreshing included sundowner drinks, the perfect way to relax and reflect as the sun sets over the beautiful South Africa landscape.

Finally, embark a quick flight to Johannesburg, where your Local Host will welcome and acquaint you with the world’s largest city not situated on a river, lake, or coastline. Private sightseeing takes you inside the fascinating Apartheid Museum, SOWETO, and the former home of Nelson Mandela—and features lunch at a local “Joburg” restaurant.

From start to finish, Monograms’ South African Sojourn is an incredible journey, with accommodations, guides, sightseeing, and transportation already included! With the time saved and the comfort of knowing you have a local there to assist you throughout your vacation, you’ll be one happy traveler!


Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you'll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

Airport Arrival

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination (Yes, that's your name on the welcome board!). You'll feel at ease in an instant.

Hotel Transfer

Forget the stress of finding your way to your hotel. As our guest, we'll whisk you off with a friendly Monograms-operated transfer, which is included when you purchase your flights from Monograms.

Hotel Check-In

Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.

Sightseeing

Get an insider's look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.

Free Time

Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.

Dining

What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.

City Connections

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we'll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.

Activities & Excursions

Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.

Airport Departure

Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you've explored all that you can explore and it's time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.

Your Local Host

What is the Role of a Local Host?

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Cape Town. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Cape Town and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Cape Town insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Local Host Recommendations

Meet One of Your Local Hosts

Robert

Robert has been involved in tourism for almost 30 years. He began his career as a driver and when that was not enough to fill his desire for tourism, he began his studies to become a tour guide. With numerous years of experience in travel and tourism, Robert continues to delight everyone he meets by sharing his passion for travel. He is eager to share his extensive knowledge of South Africa to give travellers an experience of a lifetime!

Guides


Local Hosts in Cape Town & Johannesburg; professional Ranger & game tracker in the Kruger National Park area

Meals


Breakfast daily; 4 lunches; 3 dinners

Day-By-Day 2020 / 2021

With Monograms, we handle the details so you can focus on the sights, experience new cultures and new destinations. From arranging the right hotels and seamless transportation to providing your own Local Host® and included sightseeing, we've thought of-and included-everything you need in an all-in-one package.

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DAY
1
ARRIVE IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

5-Aug-2020

Welcome to South Africa! Arrive late in the evening and check in to your hotel.

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
2
CAPE TOWN

6-Aug-2020

Start your private guided tour with a cable-car ride up Table Mountain for stunning views of the city, Robben Island, and the Cape Winelands. Next, stop at Boulders Beach to visit a colony of endangered African Penguins, known for the unique sound they make. After lunch, continue on to Cape Point Nature Reserve. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, for a scenic funicular ride to the steps of the old lighthouse. On your return journey, skirt the rocky coastline as you ascend Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular drives in the world. (B,L)

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
3
CAPE TOWN

7-Aug-2020

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Your Local Host is happy to make recommendations. (B)

Excursions Available:

Cape Winelands

Price: Starting From: $658/party

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Cape Winelands

Sample wine and explore the picturesque valleys and vineyards in the beautiful Cape Winelands outside of Cape Town.

Hermanus Whale Watching (Private)

Price: Starting From: $845/party

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Hermanus Whale Watching (Private)

Journey to Hermanus, one of the world's whale-watching meccas, for your chance to see the rare southern right whale.

Cape Malay Cooking Safari

Price: Starting From: $132/person

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Cape Malay Cooking Safari

Visit the historic Bo-Kaap, or Cape Malay area, where you will learn about the culture and visit a local home for a cooking class.

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DAY
4
CAPE TOWN–KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA

8-Aug-2020

Today, fly to the Kruger National Park area and transfer to your lodge in a private game reserve. The Kruger area is home to an abundance of wildlife including the famed “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Set out on your first game drive this afternoon in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle. (B,D)

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
5
KRUGER AREA

9-Aug-2020

Your skilled, professional Ranger will help you learn about this special ecosystem as you view wildlife up close on morning and afternoon game drives. Beyond the “Big 5,” you’ll have the chance to see kudu, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena, bushbaby, and more! (B,L,D)

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
6
KRUGER AREA

10-Aug-2020

Embark on your morning game drive before returning to your lodge for breakfast and time at leisure. Take advantage of the lodge pool, relax with a book, or enjoy a drink at the bar. Your afternoon game drive concludes with a sundowner drink as the sun sets over the bushveld! (B,L,D)

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
7
KRUGER AREA–JOHANNESBURG

11-Aug-2020

Enjoy one last game drive this morning before flying to Johannesburg. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
8
JOHANNESBURG

12-Aug-2020

Today’s private guided sightseeing tour starts with a visit to the unforgettable Apartheid Museum to learn about the founding of South Africa before delving into the apartheid years. Continue on to Soweto (South Western Township), the largest township in the country. Visit Mandela House for a perspective on life here and see the neighborhood that was home to Nobel Peace Prize winners Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before transferring back to your hotel for time at leisure. (B,L)

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
9
JOHANNESBURG

13-Aug-2020

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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Transportation

From City-to-City

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, your local Monograms team makes it an absolute breeze! We'll get to your train or plane, stress free and on time with door-to-gate service. And your local Monograms team awaits your arrival as soon as you pull into your next destination.


Cape Town & Johannesburg: private vehicle; Kruger National Park area: shared 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle carries a maximum of nine people; private (Cape Town & Johannesburg) or shared (Kruger area) airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included.

Hotels

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

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Cape Town
Johannesburg

Cape Town

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, Kirstenbosch is rated as one of the most magnificent botanical gardens in the world. It is actually part of a larger nature reserve that is dedicated to preserving the diverse flora of this region and other parts of South Africa. It is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. This is a must visit while in Cape Town if you love plants or learning about unique habitats.

Bo-Kaap

Also known as the "Cape Malay Quarter" this lively Cape Town neighborhood is famous for its colorful houses, ranging from lime-green and pink to orange. Founded by former slaves in the 1750s, it has a fascinating history and is a true melting pot of cultures. Walk through the neighborhood and absorb the atmosphere and consider stopping for a traditional Malay meal at a local restaurant or visit the Bo-Kaap Museum to learn more about the history of the neighborhood and the people that call it home.

District Six Museum

This moving and informative museum documents the history of this vibrant area that was bulldozed during the Apartheid years. Through the use of photographs and testimonials the moving story of the 60,000 people who were forcibly displaced comes to life. For history buffs this is the one museum in Cape Town that is not to be missed.

Cape Town Diamond Museum

Did someone say diamonds? South Africa has storied history of diamond mining that is chronicled at this museum. Diamonds were discovered in South Africa in 1867 and within ten years 95% of the worldwide supply was coming from this rugged country at the southern tip of Africa. From the birth of a stone to the final polishing to colorful characters the story of diamonds in South Africa is a fascinating one. Add to that the convenient location in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and it is easy to add this to your visit.

Johannesburg

Newtown

Newtown Cultural Precinct is where some of Johannesburg’s hot and happening cultural scene can be found. At the heart of Newtown sits the famous Museum Africa as well as the Market Theatre complex. Newtown is part of the inner city regeneration project and promises to be Joburg’s most popular tourist hotspot.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

This nature reserve features over 600 species of flowering plants, 210 species of birds, as well as a number of reptiles and small mammals.

Days of Gold

Spend a day at the famous Gold Reef City, where you can go underground on a mine exploration and relive the old gold rush days of Johannesburg.

Union Buildings

Designed by British architect Sir Herbert Baker Built in 1913 to accommodate the offices of the Prime Minister the buildings now house the offices of the State President. Set in terraced gardens modeled on the famous Villa d’Este at Tivoli near Rome, Italy, you can take in magnificent views of the city or visit the Delville Wood memorial commemorating South African soldiers who died in the Battle of Delville Wood in World War I.

In nearby Pretoria

Kruger House

President Paul Kruger lived in a house situated just three blocks from Church Square, from 1884 until 1900. The Victorian gabled house – which represents a simplified version of the neo-Gothic style - is a museum and displays his furniture, stagecoach, private railway coach and all of his personal effects. A few hundred meters to the west, is Pretoria’s Old Cemetery, Helde Akker (heroes’ acre) where President Kruger lies buried.

Museum Heartland

Pretoria offers a number of fantastic museums, grouped together as Museum Park. Why not visit the Natural Cultural History Museum of Science and Technology, the Transvaal Museum and the GeoScience Museum, to mention just a few.

Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site

Perched conspicuously on top of one of the many hills that surround the city of Pretoria, is the imposing Voortrekker Monument. This enormous granite construction commemorates the Voortrekkers (pioneers) who trekked from the Cape, between 1835 and 1854, in search of independence from British rule.

Tswaing Meteorite Crater

Situated 40 km to the northwest of Pretoria, the Tswaing Meteorite Crater is known as the Pretoria Saltpan. One of the best-preserved meteorite craters in the world, this crater is home to a few stone artifacts of the Late Stone Age as well as an impressive wetland.

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