About The South African Safari, Wine Country & Cape Town

There are few better places to view wildlife on the planet, this trip will change you forever! STI journey is first class all the way, you’ve never felt more like a king (of the jungle!)

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South African Safari, Cape Town, Wine Country

South Africa is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in the world. Aptly nicknamed the “Rainbow Nation”, its spectacular and varied terrain with its friendly people never fail to captivate those who travel in South Africa. It has certainly captivated the team at STI with this being our 6th visit to South Africa with our members. People come to South Africa for its natural beauty, wildlife, and sunshine, and few leave disappointed. And who can resist the spectacular and breathtaking creatures on safari?

Join Singles Travel International for an in-depth and off road experience in Africa!

WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING 16 RESERVATIONS FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL & INTIMATE PROGRAM BONDING US WITH THE CREATURES OF AFRICA

    • 10 Nights Accommodations in 4 and 5-Star Hotels, Lodges and Camps
    • All Meals as Indicated in our Itinerary (B,L,D) – 10 Breakfasts (daily), 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners (3 Dinners at premium restaurants in Franschhoek, Cape Town and 3 Dinners at Jock including a Boma Experience)
    • ALL INTERNAL FLIGHTS
    • All Government Taxes and Fees
    • All Meet and Greet Services at the Airports in Johannesburg and Capetown
    • All Arrival and Departure Transfers in Johannesburg and Capetown
    • Fresh, bottled water on all tour vehicles
    • All Porterage (baggage handling gratuities) in and out of hotels and lodges on our Itinerary
    • Special Attention from our Experienced, Professional Singles Travel Concierge*
    • Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation
    • Visits with Tours to Highlights in the Following Cities:

JOHANNESBURG

  • 1 Overnight Stay at the Southern Sun Hotel  near Johannesburg Airport before our flight the following morning to JOCK SAFARI LODGE
  • Orientation Welcome Drinks & Canapés
  • Breakfast at Southern Sun
  • Round Trip Airport Hotel Transfers

JOCK SAFARI LODGE

  • 3 Nights at the 5-Star, Jock Safari Lodge
  • 3 Exciting Days of Wildlife Game Viewing (6 Game Drives) with an Excellent Opportunity to see the Big Five: Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo and Elephant (subject to conditions/weather)
  • Thanksgiving Dinner Boma Style with Friends from Singles Travel International! (weather permitting) and other Surprises as VIPs of STI
  • Open Vehicle with Two-way Long-Range High Frequency Radio Communication
  • Services of an English-speaking Driver-guide and Ranger

CAPE WINE COUNTRY

  • 2 Nights at the luxurious, Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, nestled in the Heart of the Cape Winelands
  • Dinner at our Hotel with Wine
  • Tour/Travel of Cape Winelands including Stellenbosch & Franschhoek Valley with 2 Tastings and Lunch with Wine.
  • Visit to the Cheetah Breeding Project to Play with the Cheetahs
  • Free Day to Sip, Shop, Savor

CAPE TOWN

  • 4 Nights at the 4-Star, The Commodore Hotel on the V&A (Victoria and Albert) Waterfront
  • Full Day Tour of Cape Town with Lunch Featuring Robben Island, Cable Car Ride to the Top of Table Mountain (weather permitting), Cape Malay Quarter, Greenmarket Square, SA Museum, Houses of Parliament, National Gallery, St George’s Cathedral and the District 6 Museum
  • Cape Peninsula Tour with Lunch including Cape of Good Hope (where the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meet), Cape Peninsula National Park and Good Hope Nature Reserve. Our tour includes a stop at Boulders Beach to play amongst the Jackass Penguins, Cape Point Lighthouse hike and stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Day at Leisure for Optional Tours in Cape Town such as shopping, cooking, sailing, etc. Our STI Concierge is on hand to assist with your choices
  • Farewell dinner at Golds
  • OPTIONAL: Malay Cooking Class, Hiking, Beach, Shopping, Great White Shark Diving  

*There is no minimum required for this tour. Our local, expert Concierge will lead the program.

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.

Itinerary

Sun, Nov 19:  Johannesburg – Pre Tour Option for an Extra Night on Safari
Mon, Nov 20:  Johannesburg (Main Tour) or Kruger National Park (Pre Tour Package)
Tue, Nov 21:  Fly Johannesburg to Kruger National Park – Safari
Wed, Nov 22:  Kruger National Park – Safari
Thu, Nov 23:  Kruger National Park – Safari – Safari with Boma Style, Thanksgiving Dinner
Fri, Nov 24:  Kruger National Park – Franschhoek
Sat, Nov 25:  Franschhoek & Wine Country
Sun, Nov 26:  Franschhoek – Capetown
Mon, Nov 27:  Capetown Touring with Robin Island & Table Mountain
Tue, Nov 28:  Capetown – Cape Peninsula Tour
Wed, Nov 29:  Capetown at Leisure
Thu, Nov 30:  Depart Capetown
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Looking for a little more time on safari?  Come in a day early and get started. 

Pre Tour Option for an Extra Day on Safari
Saturday, November 18:

USA / Europe / Johannesburg – Overnight flights to Johannesburg. Direct flights on DELTA from Atlanta or on SOUTH AFRICAN from JFK
There are many options via Europe or Middle East hubs. If you would like assistance with your air purchase, contact Tammy at x 703. All other flights are included in your package. All you need is the International portion into Johannesburg and departing from Cape Town.

Pre Tour Option for an Extra Day on Safari
Sunday, November 19:

Johannesburg
Overnight stay at the Southern Sun Hotel 

On arrival, our STI AIRPORT VIP ASSISTANT WILL MEET YOU AT THE AIRPLANE DOOR and will assist with clearing customs and immigration procedures of South Africa. Once out in the arrivals hall, transfer to Southern Sun Hotel, conveniently located near Johannesburg Airport. Most flights arrive in the late afternoon, ( although European and Middle East flights arrive in the morning), but regardless, tonight is for resting, tomorrow is your big day – SAFARI!

MAIN TOUR (not on pre tour package)

Overnight flights to Johannesburg.

Day 1
Monday, November 20 (B, Happy Hour):

Johannesburg or Jock Safari Lodge in Kruger (pre tour package)
Breakfast Onboard Your Flight (or at hotel)
Overnight stay at the Southern Sun Hotel (or Jock Safari Lodge)

PRE TOUR PACKAGE (B,L,D)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kruger with Lunch, Dinner, Game Drive and overnight at Jock Safari Lodge. Book by June 15 and enjoy a complimentary bottle of champagne and 1 hour massage at Jock.  

MAIN TOUR 

On arrival, our STI AIRPORT VIP ASSISTANT WILL MEET YOU AT THE AIRPLANE DOOR and will assist with clearing customs and immigration procedures of South Africa. Once out in the arrivals hall, transfer to the Southern Sun Hotel, conveniently located  near Johannesburg Airport. Most flights arrive in the late afternoon or evening so we have not scheduled any activities for today.  Our experience is that members are a bit early after the long journey.  We’ll keep it simple with complimentary light canapés and a cocktail with your STI Concierge and your adventurous traveling companions! Before you go, we’ll publish everyone’s flight schedule so you may connect with others on the same flight.

Day 2
Tuesday, November 21 (B, L, D):

Johannesburg/Jock Safari Lodge
Breakfast at our hotel
Overnight stay at the luxurious, 5-Star, Jock Safari Lodge

Depart this morning for a flight to Jock Safari Lodge, located in Kruger National Park. STI’s upgraded itinerary spares our VIP members a 4-5 hour drive. You’re worth it.

We arrive at the lodge in time for lunch and orientation before heading into the bush for our first safari drive.

Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, author of the animal classic, Jock of the Bushveld, was a prospector who passed through some of Africa’s most scenic, untamed wilderness areas and one of them was here at Jock Safari Lodge. As a result of this legend, guests now enjoy 5-star accommodation, which is ideal for educational game drives and wilderness walks, decadent spa treatments, plus traditional and modern cuisine to suit everyone’s palate.

Kruger National Park, in northeastern South Africa, is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are all part of the landscape. We’ll see it all during our 3 days here on safari.

Days 3 & 4
Wednesday & Thursday, November 22-23 (B, L, D):

On Safari at Jock Safari Lodge
Overnight stay at the luxurious, 5-Star, Jock Safari Lodge

2 safaris a day (one early morning, and one late afternoon, into the evening) are each approximately 3-4 hours long, and include a scenic coffee and sundowner break to purely appreciate just being in the moment In the company of your Field Ranger, you will learn more about the Big Five and the many unique animal species found in Kruger National Park.

A day at Jock in November consists of

  • 05h00 Wake up call
  • 05h30 Tea/Coffee and game drive departs
  • 09h00 Game drive returns, then breakfast / brunch is served
  • midday Bush walk or activities of personal preference
  • 16h00 High tea
  • 16h30 Game drive departs
  • 19h30 Game drive returns and dinner follows

Enjoy a second day on safari at Jock.  Happy Thanksgiving Day!  Enjoy a festive holiday dinner tonight, “Boma Style”

Depending on the weather and physical fitness of our members, the lodge rangers may offer a bush walk for our group, or smaller groups split over 2 days.

The bush takes on a completely different perspective when you are on foot. Each of your senses will be on full alert as you feel the grass and stones beneath your feet; touch the leathery leaves of trees you walk beneath; smell the musky scent of wild animals in the vicinity; taste the sweet grass of the veld; and hear the crack of a branch indicating you are not alone.

Walks generally take place after breakfast and last approximately 1½ to 2 hours, depending on the fitness level of guests. In summer, due to the heat, walks may be incorporated into the morning game drive before heading back to the lodge for breakfast.

Day 5
Friday, November 24 (B, D):

Jock Safari Lodge/Cape Town/Franschhoek
Overnight Stay at Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa

Depart Jock after the morning safari aboard flights from Skukuza to Capetown.  Lunch is on our arrangements at the airport.  Our group will be met at the airport and driven to Franschhoek, the historic Winelands town just 30 minutes from the airport.

Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa is surrounded by magnificent mountain vistas and bordered by leafy vineyards in the small town of Franschhoek. It is a peaceful respite mid trip.

Tonight, we enjoy the elegant touches and delicious cuisine served to us for dinner tonight at Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa.

Day 6

Saturday, November 25 (B, L):
Cape Wine Country
Breakfast at the hotel
Overnight Stay at Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa

Enjoy breakfast at our luxurious hotel.

The Cape Winelands are some of the most beautiful in the world, with a heritage that lives on in the historic estates. Today, we’ll learn about the industry’s colorful history and traditions and savor the wonderful wines that showcase the unique terroirs of the Cape in a myriad of styles, from classic old world favorites to fruit-driven “early drinking” new world wines. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at one of South Africa’s top restaurant.

Tonight may be the perfect respite before we hit Cape Town tomorrow. Our local STI Concierge will be right on hand to assist with the most delicious dinner suggestions for those choosing to fine out in the culinary capital of South Africa.

Day 7
Sunday, November 26 (B):

Winelands/Cape Town
Breakfast at the hotel
Overnight at the 4-Star, Premium, Waterfront Commodore Hotel

Enjoy breakfast at our luxurious hotel.

After breakfast, our morning may be spent exploring Francshhoek, shopping or relaxing at our lovely hotel. We depart at 11am, heading to Somerset West to visit the Cheetah Outreach Project
A private tour and cheetah encounter is included as part of our experience.

We’ll arrive in Cape Town by 3pm where we’ll check into the hotel. Our Concierge will prepare us for the evening! There are lots of choices from our prime location at the cosmopolitan V&A (Victoria & Alfred) Waterfront. But first, we dine! Later, we’re free to explore on our own or together with new friends.

Day 8
Monday, November 27 (B, L):

Cape Town
Breakfast at the hotel
Overnight at the 4-Star, Premium, Waterfront Commodore Hotel

After breakfast, we depart from Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront by ferry for a 25-minute trip across Table Bay to Robben Island. Led by guides, some of whom were once inmates, the tour of this World Heritage Site, and South Africa’s most revered national monument, includes the Prison Block and the now infamous Limestone Quarry, where political prisoners were once forced to toil. It also comprises a drive around the island, with its breath-taking views across the bay.

We then return to the V&A waterfront for a trip along the picturesque Atlantic Seaboard and lunch at a local restaurant en route. We continue past sunny Camps Bay, over Kloof Nek to Table Mountain’s Lower Cableway Station. 3400ft above sea level, Table Mountain affords bird’s-eye views of both the city and Peninsula, as you explore its summit.

We return to the city via the old Cape Malay Quarter, for a walk through the Company Gardens, a fresh produce garden for ships and locals from the mid-17th century, and now home to the SA Museum, Houses of Parliament, National Gallery and St George’s Cathedral. From there we drive to the Castle, South Africa’s oldest building, with its large collection of Old Cape paintings. We’ll take in the nearby Grand Parade, where Nelson Mandela addressed the nation on his release in 1990, and then move on to the District Six Museum.

Note: Visits to Robben Island and Table Mountain are weather permitting. The sequence of this itinerary may change slightly to accommodate the weather.

Join together for a dinner in town.  Our local STI Concierge has all the best recommendations.

Day 9
Tuesday, November 28 (B,L):

Cape Town
Breakfast at the hotel
Overnight at the 4-Star, Premium, Waterfront Commodore Hotel

Breakfast is served at our hotel and then we’re off for our Cape Peninsula Tour.

We make our way along the Atlantic seaboard passing Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Clifton. Bakoven and Llandudno, with their ghostly shipwrecks, are also fantastic sights on the way to the fishing village of Hout Bay, where we board a boat to view the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island (weather permitting).

From here we navigate the 114 curves of 600m high Chapman’s Peak Drive. We then explore the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park, home to fabulous birds and very special fauna, such as Cape mountain zebra, bontebok and the charismatic Cape baboon. Climb (or ride the world’s first environmentally friendly funicular) to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical vistas of False Bay.

After lunch, we visit Boulders Beach to see the penguins, and then head home through the naval village of Simonstown and over scenic Boyes Drive, taking in the views of the fishing harbor at Kalk Bay and the seaside havens of St James and Muizenberg.

To round off your day you can take a stroll through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain.

Dinner this evening is on our own, time to get out there and meet the locals!

Day 10
Wednesday, December 29 (B, D):

Cape Town
Breakfast at the hotel
Overnight at the 4-Star, Premium, Waterfront Commodore Hotel

This morning, breakfast is served at our hotel and the balance of your day in Cape Town is at leisure. What will it be?  Sailing, shopping, more sightseeing.  Let our STI Concierge know what’s your fancy and he’ll make sure it happens for you.

Our farewell dinner tonight is at GOLD, a recommendation from STI members on our last trip to Cape Town.

From the moment you enter, you will feel the heartbeat of a unique African restaurant in Cape Town. GOLD Restaurant will take you on a taste safari from Cape Malay to African cuisine – from Cape Town to Timbuktu with its set 14 course menu served at your table.

Start your evening with an interactive Djembe drumming session which will get you in tune with our African rhythms and songs for the rest of the night. 30 minutes of vibrant playing of the drums will ensure an energized start to your evening. A soothing hand washing ceremony will complete your interactive drumming experience.

Sit down at your table in one of our beautiful dining areas, where you will be surrounded by stunning African artifacts. A set 14 course menu consisting of Cape Malay cuisine and African cuisine will be served to you by one of our beautifully adorned member of staff who will explain each dish to you and from which country the dish originates.

Be captivated during dinner by our tall, graceful Mali Puppets as they dance around your table with the drummers and singers. Our live entertainment is unique to South Africa and their performances will embrace you and take you into the heart of Africa.

Day 11
Thursday, November 30 (B):

Cape Town
Breakfast at the hotel

This morning after breakfast we transfer to the airport for our journey home.

What incredible memories having gone from the tip of Africa to the top of one of the wonders of the world, with the Big Five, Whales, Wine & the Great White in between. Wow! Be sure to share your images with us when you get back.

*Note: Itinerary and activities are subject to change at the discretion of the local operators, venues and municipalities to preserve the overall quality of the program. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes and no compensation will be paid for any such changes.

FAQs

Once you make your online reservation you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.  Our STI reservation specialists are available to review your reservation and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services, etc.  Contact us with your travel requests.  

READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.

REVIEW the Trip Options and make your reservations early to get in on promotions and so you don’t miss out on any limited or time-sensitive Add-Ons.  

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Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be posted here 14 days prior to trip start date. Questions? Email us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

At the southernmost tip of the continent of Africa, flanked on either side by the chilly Atlantic Ocean to the west and the balmy Indian Ocean to the east. The Kalahari Desert lies to its north and the next stop south after Cape Town is Antarctica.

The geographical diversity of South Africa offers travelers countless opportunities for anything from wine tasting to wildlife tracking, surfing to climbing. And if you’re looking for a more cosmopolitan African experience, Cape Town offers a host of great hotels, restaurants and nightlife.

South Africa’s wilderness areas are famous worldwide. South Africa represents far more than you would ever expect, protecting and showcasing a broad range of habitats and species. Some of the many animals that you may see may include the fabled “Big Five”: Elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino. Just a few other examples include: zebra, wildebeest, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, monkey, impala and over 350 species of magical bird life.

Often referred to as “Sunny South Africa”, this phrase is not far wrong. South Africa, and Southern Africa in general has some of the more agreeable weather in the world and for most of the year. However the best time to visit South Africa depends on the purpose of your visit, and the areas you wish to see. The seasons in South Africa run opposite to the northern hemisphere and therefore a white Christmas is out of the question! The best time to visit South Africa really depends on your interests or reasons for coming to South Africa. Wildlife Safaris are often very high on the agenda, followed by the Garden Route, Cape Town, the whales of the south coast , the flowers of Namaqualand, the Drakensberg Mountains and of course the hundreds of kilometers of beach destinations to choose from.

The seasons fall in the year as follows:
Spring – September & October
Summer – November to February
Autumn – March & April
Winter – June – August

For the purposes of this trip, note that you will be traveling in their summer.

From a safari perspective, the summer months (often referred to as the green season), is the best time to see the African bush at its greenest. The birdlife is at its best, and it is the calving season for many of the antelope species. The sunsets during this time of year can be a riot of pinks and reds and the air is generally very clean.

Read more about South Africa.

South Africa is no different from any other place in the world. Common sense is all that is required. Avoid displaying expensive possessions, not walking through unlit urban areas at night, and following the guide’s instructions in the bush. It is also recommended that you leave valuables and airline tickets in the hotels safe.

_Important phone numbers in South Africa:_

US Consulate, Cape Town
2 Reddam Ave
Westlake, 7945
Tel: (27 21) 702-7300
Fax: (27 21) 702-7493

US Consulate, Johannesburg
PO Box 1762, Houghton 2041
1 River St, Killarney (opposite Killarney Mall)
Tel: (27 11) 644-8000
Fax: (27 11) 646-6916

The tour begins in Johannesburg on the November 20, and ends in Capetown on November 30, 2017. Therefore the tour is 10 nights/11 days. Your flight will likely be overnight in both directions, making your total vacation 12 nights/13 days.

If 3 nights on safari is not enough, add an extra day. Click Price My Trip or Book Now to add our pre tour package.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

After deposit and up to August 21, 2017 – $100 penalty plus credit card fees applies.

After August 21, 2017 – 100% penalty applies per person.

Our tour price has been calculated on the current exchange rate of the Rand to the US Dollar. Rates fluctuate and may be subject to change should there be more than a 3% increase prior to your final payment.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and has access to great fares. We will gladly assist you with your booking, call us at 877-765-6874 x 703 for a quote.

Airfare internally from Johannesburg to Kruger and then on to Capetown is included in our tour.

We’ve taken care of all your flights except the international portion! International Flights from North America must depart on November 19, in order to arrive in Johannesburg (JNB) on November 20. Your international, return flight from Cape Town (CPT) should be scheduled on November 30.

Add an extra night on safari, leave home on Saturday, November 18 and arrive on Sunday, November 19 to get a head start!  Click Price my Trip or Book Now to add our pre tour package giving you one more night on safari.

Flights are subject to schedule change without notice and may be purchased on your own or with STI. Check with your favorite carrier, you may be able to use frequent flier miles to get your international flights to South Africa.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

You will be met at the door of the aircraft on arrival by our VIP service. They will assist you through immigration and customs, delivering you to the hotel driver. The hotel is just 5 minutes from the airport. How’s that for service!?

We have also included your return transportation in Cape Town in the cost of your tour.

Our tour begins at The Southern Sun Hotel near Johannesburg Airport on the evening of November 19, 2017. Instructions will be included in your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information email provided to you 14 days prior to departure. We plan for all guests to gather for our welcome happy hour at approximately 7 p.m.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI. Your credit card on file will automatically be charged.

Our tour does not include international airfare, air taxes and meals not listed in our itinerary. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages, incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to our STI Concierge ($10-$15 per day), local guides, game rangers and trackers. Note that on safari, tips are considered part of the pay. A tip of $15 per person per day is appropriate at the safari lodge for all the staff to split between rangers, trackers and lodge staff. In summary, service gratuities will average $150-200 for the entire tour.

During group included meals, the meal tip is included in the tour price. A gratuity of 10% is customary at restaurants and bars where a service charge is not included or you purchase drinks additional to those included.

Porters at airports, hotels or lodges may be tipped a $1.00 per piece of baggage..

Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single room is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by August 21, 2017.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of departure, including roommate changes once on tour for members who select the Share & Save option.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.

You will explore some of the most unusual and beautiful cities and wildlife reserves, without ever compromising your comfort. All of our hotels are premium, luxury, 4 and 5-Star properties. See the Itinerary tab for links to the lodge/hotel websites.

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every trip sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 24 years, we have perfected the singles vacation experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you join our tour, our STI Concierge is waiting to meet you. Our first day begins with an orientation and the camaraderie builds as we go along. The nature of the trip is trying something new, challenging yourself and motivating those around you. The bonds that develop on our adventure tours are by far the strongest and longest lasting.

As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages. Our vacations are specifically designed for Baby Boomers and active travelers with an average age range of 50-70. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline.

We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

South Africa’s summers (November to March) are generally warm with average temperatures around 77 Fahrenheit (25 C). It also happens that we are visiting in the height of whale watching season!

A subtropical location, moderated by ocean on three sides of the country and the altitude of the interior plateau, account for the warm temperate conditions so typical of South Africa – and so popular with its foreign visitors.

South Africa is famous for its sunshine. It’s a relatively dry country, with an average annual rainfall of about 464mm (compared to a world average of about 860mm). While the Western Cape gets most of its rainfall in winter, the rest of the country is generally a summer-rainfall region.

Although most international airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing 40-50 pounds, there are limitations for this tour.

For our program, due to restrictions on internal flights within South Africa, the limit is 1 suitcase per person that is a soft duffel bag that does not exceed 20 kilograms (approx. 44 pounds) In addition, we recommend a day pack/back pack for day-to-day and as a carry on instead of a purse. There are inexpensive laundry facilities available at each lodge. Suitcases and bags should be able to withstand plenty of handling. We recommend bringing a soft duffel bag, with wheels.

We do strongly recommend, since you are purchasing your air separately via a combination of airlines, that you check each website directly, just before you depart, to get the most up-to-date information.

Temperatures may fluctuate widely in South Africa from place to place. In fact, Capetonians sometimes experience four seasons in one day! Therefore, travelers should pack lightweight clothes that may be worn in layers, as well as a sweater and a jacket for evenings and as a safeguard. The style of dress is mostly smart casual, but dinner at some of the more expensive restaurants may be a little more formal.

The secret for successful packing on safari is MULTIPLE LIGHT LAYERS. The first layer should be a t-shirt or golf shirt with short sleeves. The second layer may be a fleece or a sweatshirt. The third layer should be a water repellent jacket with a hood. For the chillier days, a turtleneck might also be useful. All of those should be able to be worn on top of each other for the worst days you might face in BOTH Cape Town and on safari. Zip-off safari pants are ideal, on safari, but, if you don’t have them, any trousers will do – from lightweight khakis to jeans. But, suffice to say, everything you need is, surprisingly, already in your closet. If you are nearing the end of a pair of sneakers, don’t throw them out. They are the perfect companion on safari. More on this subject as we near the date of travel.

The most practical items to pack are:

– Shoes: Merrell with a vibram sole is the “fit for all purpose” shoe for the tour.
– Extra batteries, plenty of film, flashlight
– Khaki, brown, white and beige colors
– Light cotton tops and cotton trousers/shorts
– Safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
– Swimwear, sun lotion
– A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
– Plastic sandals, to protect feet against injury from sharp coral or stone fish
– Comfortable walking shoes
– Camera film and batteries
– Binoculars for game viewing

Yes, a valid passport is required to enter South Africa. Passports must have 2 unused pages for endorsements abroad, and they must also be valid for at least six months past the projected stay in South Africa.

If you do not have one or need a new one, U.S. guests may contact the State Department Passport Office in their area immediately or visit the US State Department website for more information.

We recommend that you also make copies of your passport, driver’s license, photo identification card and/or birth certificate in case of loss, and carry them with you on your trip separate from your passport.

US and Canadian citizens are not required to obtain a visa to visit South Africa.

Other than Kruger National Park, the main tourist areas are malaria-free, so you need not worry at all. Consult your doctor or a specialist travel clinic for the latest advice concerning malaria prophylaxis, as it changes regularly.

Whether you take oral prophylaxis or not, always use mosquito repellent, wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night, and sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark). It is advisable to avoid malarial areas if you are pregnant.

The only other health concern is the hot, strong African sun. You should not underestimate the effects of the sun; it is quite common for visitors to lose a day of holiday to sunstroke through overindulgence. Plenty of sun cream, a good sun hat and gradual adjustment are recommended.

Two excellent websites outlining the major precautions are:
Click CDC or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) and Who International, both official sites for the centers of disease control prevention and the World Health Organization respectively.

CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.

Yes.  Our visit to Kruger National Park requires that you prepare to protect yourself.  Follow the link to the CDC to learn more about Malaria protection and how to arm yourself when traveling to Africa.

Click here for a comprehensive review to share with your doctor before traveling.

Always choose food that has been freshly and thoroughly cooked, and is served hot. Raw fruits and vegetables tend to be very difficult to sterilize: don’t eat them unless they have been carefully and thoroughly washed in clean water, or are easy to cut open or peel without contaminating the flesh. In the tropics, the easiest and safest fruits are bananas and papayas. Do not be afraid to reject food you consider unsafe.

High-quality tap (faucet) water is available almost everywhere in South Africa, treated so as to be free of harmful micro-organisms, and in any area other than informal or shack settlements, is both palatable and safe to drink straight from the tap. In some areas, the water is mineral-rich, and you may experience a bit of gastric distress for a day or two until you get used to it. Bottled mineral water, both sparkling and still, is readily available in most places.

Drinking water straight from rivers and streams could put you at risk of waterborne diseases – especially downstream of human settlements. The water in mountain streams, however, is usually pure and wonderful. In the Cape, particularly, the water contains humic acid, which stains it the color of diluted Coca-Cola – this is absolutely harmless, and the water is wonderful. You may also find this coloring in tap water in some areas. It’s fine – it just looks a bit weird in the bath.

The electricity supply in South Africa and Zambia is 220/230 volts AC, 50 HZ. Plugs are 3 point square. If you are planning to bring a video camera charger or any other electrical device, please bring voltage and plug adaptors where appropriate. Major hotels usually provide hair dryers, irons and other electrical amenities upon request. Click here to view the plug adaptor.

South Africa is on GMT +1:00. For example, add 6 hours to Eastern Standard Time.

The official currency is the South African Rand. Visitors to South Africa can change foreign currency at banks or authorized hotels. The U.S. Dollar is one of the easiest currencies to exchange in South Africa Travelers checks are widely accepted, and many hotels, travel agencies, safari companies and restaurants accept credit cards. Most Banks in South Africa are equipped to advance cash on credit cards. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into South Africa.

English has been both a highly influential language in South Africa, and a language influenced, in turn, by adaptation in the country’s different communities. Estimates suggest that some 45% of the population have a speaking knowledge of English. It is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants and visitor establishments.

Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation. If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

Your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information document will be posted to the FAQ tab for this trip 14 days prior to departure and will include phone contact numbers for each hotel listed in your daily itinerary, as well as how to contact the ship. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.

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"If you're ever considering a trip of a lifetime, the African Safari trip should be at the top of your list. Whether it is a bucket list or just an adventure to see beautiful creatures in their own environment, you should go. The local guide for Singles Travel International, will do everything in his power to showcase his country and all it has to offer. The wines and food are extraordinary and rival most any region in the world. I could ramble for hours, but definitely a must see!"    

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I grew up in South Africa so when I saw you were doing a trip there this year – naturally, I was the first one to sign up! Keep in mind I had not been back to the land of my childhood in 30 years! Wow, Wow and more Wow’s! First of all – STI did an amazing job with the itinerary! Within 10 days, I had 6 mini vacations, and got to see 6 mini eco environments! The Safari in Madikwe was absolutely amazing! The game rangers were beyond knowledgeable, the staff was amazing, food beyond excellent and my accommodations – were beyond 5 star!   I was thrilled to be in the Kalahari again, how awesome was it to take an outdoor shower whilst watching Giraffe’s and Elephants pass by!!!! Then of course, the animals…just gorgeous  exactly I got so many “money shots” of Lions, Cheetah’s, Elephants, Rhino’s Giraffe’ etc. I even caught a storm, a bush fire and a tripe rainbow – can you imagine? Did it end there…hell to the no! Then we were off to Hermanus, a gorgeous coastal town. I changed my mind at the last minute and ended up cage diving with a Great White Shark. Now in fairness, my eyes were closed but I was in the cage, I was submerged and there was a shark!!! Off the bucket list ha! Then it was off to pet Cheetah’s at the Cheetah outreach program on our way to Cape Town. I just want to tell you the Cheetah purred for me – amazing! Then a tour of Cape Town, a visit to the Seals, Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, Penguins in Simon’s Town and even wine tasting in gorgeous Stellenbosch! I ended my time with a visit to Robben Island and had tea with a wonderful South African family that invited me! I did so much more, but it’s too much to write here - Just amazing – all of it! I would be remiss if I did not mention Chris Tromp! I have travelled to over 64 countries and been on planes, trains and automobiles. I have done every tour you can image. Chris was amazing and the best tour guide I have ever encountered! He was passionate and knowledgeable about South Africa, from history to his knowledge of the land and animals – I was in awe of his expertise!!!! He was patient and helpful and always took care of everyone aboard the trip and tried to fulfill even the smallest of requests. Trust me when I tell you that was not an easy job even with a small group. His passion and positivity inspired me beyond words! For me this was not just another visit to another place. I left my soul in South Africa many years ago and thanks to you and Chris – my soul is truly at peace with South Africa. I am proud of my time spent there and feel so blessed to have the opportunity to return! I can’t wait to go back… Thank you for everything, this was more than a trip for me, it was a life changing experience!!!! Sincerely, Amanda

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