South African Safari

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost country in Africa. It has 2,798 kilometers of coastline stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Few countries can offer as much as South Africa. From getting up close to lions and leopards on a luxury safari in Kruger to tasting fine wines, whale watching and experiencing the stunning coastline of the Capes.

Program Includes: 

  • Flight from Salt Lake City to Cape Town returning from Johannesburg, including U.S. and foreign airport taxes
  • Superior accommodations throughout at hotels, lodges and camps as listed in the itinerary, or similar.
  • Breakfasts daily, all meals while on safari and other meals as indicated in itinerary.
  • Transportation in luxury air-conditioned motorcoach.
  • Complimentary bottled water in safari vehicle.
  • All applicable hotel/lodge gratuities and taxes.
  • Specialist guide with a minimum of 10 travelers on the main program and the extension.
  • All entry fees.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.

Escorted by: A Hogle Zoo Staff Member

Dates:  June 14-23, 2016

Cost: approximately $7,185 Per Person, Double Occupancy, from Salt Lake City. Extension to Victoria Falls an additional $2395.

Departure City: Salt Lake City
(Other Departure Cities Available Upon Request)

For more information call (801) 584-1737.


Days 1/2 ~ June 14/15
Salt Lake City / Atlanta / Johannesburg / Cape Town

Untitled-1Your journey begins as you board your flight to Cape Town, South Africa’s “Mother City,” via Atlanta and Johannesburg. Upon arrival, you will be met by your specialist guide and escorted to your hotel. The provincial capital, Cape Town, is a sophisticated city with plenty to see and do, particularly around the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront area, where delightful buildings of the Cape Dutch and Victorian-era architecture have been restored as shops, restaurants, museums and pubs, as the busy water traffic of the docks goes on unabated. Cape Town, which faces Untitled-2north across Table Bay, has thrived from its birth, first as a Dutch settlement in 1652 when Jan van Ribeeck established it as a supply station for ships of the Dutch East India Company, and later, under the British as a port supplying ships with food and fresh water from the perennial mountain streams.

Your home for the next four nights, the Vineyard hotel and Spa, with over 200 years of history within its walls, is situated in six acres of attractive landscaped parkland on the banks of the Liesbeeck River. Located in the lush leafy suburb of Newlands, the Vineyard Hotel & Spa is within easy walking distance of the up-market Cavendish Shopping Centre and is just 10 minutes away from the City Center and the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This beautiful establishment comprises the original home of Lady Anne Barnard and new bedrooms designed by highly acclaimed architects Jack Barnett and Revel Fox. It is filled with works by leading South African artists and offers rooms ranging from single to family suites, both mountain and courtyard facing.

Overnight at the VINEYARD HOTEL AND SPA. (Meals Aloft)

Day 3 ~ June 16
Cape Town: Cape Peninsula/Kirstenbocsch

Your luxury motor coach takes you on a breathtaking coastal drive to the Cape of Good Hope. You are surrounded by spectacular mountains, rugged shorelines, and the blue sea below. See Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles. Pass quaint seaside towns as you continue to Cape Point where the stormy waters of the Atlantic meet up with the calm waters of the Indian Ocean. At Cape Point, climb the steps or ride a funicular to the top where you can explore a lighthouse, enjoy the views or even indulge in a bit of shopping. Take a close look at the ocean where you may see southern right whales in the spring and early summer as well as dolphins and a variety of seabirds. You will also have the chance to explore the Cape Point Nature Reserve which is host to approximately half of the 2,700 species of indigenous plants contained in the Cape Peninsula. Look for the distinctive orange found in leucospermums, one of the rarest types of proteas – the mimites, marvel at the helicrysums and pelarganium calcullums, and enjoy the ericas, phenacomas and fine bush which the Dutch called “fynbos.” There are 250 species of birds in the reserve, ranging from ostriches to minuscule sunbirds. Caracal, chacma baboon, a wide variety of buck and various other mammal species may be seen, including Cape Mountain zebra and the bontebok which is endemic to this part of the world. The baboons feed occasionally on marine foods which they garner at low tide. At Olifants Bay, look for Oystercatchers, and enjoy some superb birding.

Untitled-3Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and continue to Boulders Beach where the African (Jackass) Penguins can be seen – also known as the Black-footed Penguins. These flightless seabirds are found only on the coast of Southern Africa and the only penguins found on this continent. Enjoy a delightful walk on a specially-built platform onto the little sheltered beach where they nest among the rocks, and “waddle” up and down into and out of the sea. Since the penguins are accustomed to human presence you can safely get within a few feet of them as you stand on the platform, and it is sometimes possible to view them nesting behind rocks and bushes.

Your afternoon is devoted to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, arguably one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Founded in 1913, Kirstenbosch lies on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and consists of landscaped gardens of indigenous plants and trees, watered by the Liesbeek River, as well as natural forest that extend up to the lower slopes. Kirstenbosch covers an area of 1,383 acres, 148 of which are cultivated; the remainder is a natural flora reserve. It is a living display featuring 9,000 of the estimated 20,000 species of indigenous South African flora, and close to 50% of the peninsula’s floral wealth. In the cultivated area, related Untitled-4

plants are grouped together and radiate from the central lawns like the spokes of a wheel. Among the interesting sections here are the Cycad Amphitheatre, which hosts most species of these “living fossils” found in southern Africa; the famed Protea Garden on the higher slopes, with its profuse growth of silver trees (Leucadendron argenteum); the JV Mathews Rock Garden (named after the first curator) containing succulents of the genera Crassula, Aloe, Lampranthus and Euphorbia; the Erica Garden and the Pelargonium Koppie. Two streams cut through Kirstenbosch, both laced with besembos, red alder and hard fern. Of historical interest is an avenue of camphor trees and fig trees planted by Cecil Rhodes in 1898, and a small section of wild almond (Brabejum stellatifolium) hedge planted by Dutch settler Jan van Riebeeck in 1660. Birds of all sorts can be seen here as well – Dusky and Paradise Flycatchers, sunbirds, Klaas’s cuckoos, bulbuls, pigeons, brilliant green and red Cape Sugarbirds (which pollinate the flowers), guinea fowls, and the Cape Batis.


Day 4 ~ June 17

Cape Town: Optional Cultural Day At An Additional Cost Robben Island & Khayelitsha

Your day is at leisure to experience Cape Town on your own. Alternatively, you may elect to join an optional cultural tour of Cape Town. Your day will then begin as you visit one of the most Untitled-5symbolically significant and moving sights in South Africa, Robben Island. For nearly 400 years, Robben Island was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters, including former President Nelson Mandela, spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison ‘hell-hole’ into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. In 1997 Robben Island became a National Museum and National Monument. The Museum is a dynamic institution, which runs educational programs for schools, youths and adults, facilitates tourism development, conducts ongoing research related to the Island and fulfills an archiving function. It was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Tours are conducted by former prisoners of Robben Island, who bring to life this South African heritage, which speaks of heroic endurance and triumph of the human spirit in the face of enormous hardship and adversity.

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, sampling typical African food and hospitality in an authentic setting. Then, head to the settlement of Khayelitsha, on the Cape Flats. Khayelitsha means “new home” and was established in 1984 during the tribal war outbreak in informal settlements. Like many other townships, it was created during the apartheid era as a dormitory area for the working class. Today residents continue to face challenges of HIV/AIDS and poverty in post-apartheid South Africa.

Untitled-6You will meet your guide, founder Vivian Zilo, and spend time with her gaining a personal insight into her work in the community and learning more about the area in which they live. Vivian established the Iliso Care Society in June 2005 when she solicited the help of four other women to begin providing services to her community. The mission of the Iliso Care Society is to fight poverty, encourage community empowerment, organize workshops for youth, provide safety and care for orphans and vulnerable children, the elderly and school children. ICS started giving meals to over 100 beneficiaries once a day from Monday through Friday, but the numbers were increasing each and every day. Today, Vivian brings new hope to the people of Khayelitsha and you will get a chance to experience this first hand.

Overnight VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA. (B – L if taking the optional day tour)

Day 5 ~ June 18

Cape Town:Table Mountain/Winelands

Untitled-7Get a feel of what Cape Town is all about by taking the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, the signature of this city, easily one of the most recognizable mountains. This tour is very dependent on the wind factor, as well as the clouds. Many a times a cloud covers this flat-topped mountain, which rises to 3,563 feet above sea level and the locals affectionately say it’s a white tablecloth. Legend has it that a retired pirate, on climbing the mountain met up with the devil. In order to preserve his soul, the pirate challenged the devil in a smoking contest. So they stoked up their pipes and have been smoking ever since. For centuries Table Mountain has been a guiding beacon to mariners rounding the Cape of Southern Africa. Sir Francis Drake described it as “the most stately thing and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth.” Despite its formidable appearance, it is possible to hike up Table Mountain. The first recorded ascent was in 1503 by the Portuguese navigator Antonio da Saldanha who, confused by the Cape Peninsula geography, climbed to the summit via the frontal cleft, now known as Platteklip Gorge. For nature lovers, the birding is awesome, and the wild flowers include agapanthus, watsonias and red nerines which poke out from rock crevices amid a scrub of ericas and gnarled proteas. More than 1400 species of flowering plants have been recorded on the mountain which makes it a spectacular sight in the spring. Cute guinea pig-like creatures known as rock dassies, or hyraxes, (genetically, the closest living relatives to elephants) scuttle everywhere. They are not afraid and scamper among the tourists seeking to be fed.

Untitled-8Continue to the wine lands region situated below the spectacular Boland Mountains only 50 minutes from the city. Discover the internationally acclaimed vineyards of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franshhoek on the Western Cape, along a most scenic route. You will visit the historic estate of Boschendal with some of the most brilliantly preserved Cape Dutch buildings in the Cape, and its collection of priceless period furniture. You will also visit Franschhoek with its lovely antique shops and gardens, nestled in the “Valley of the Huguenots” where the French first settled in 1688. All the wine estates you will be visiting in the region offer tastings and cellar tours and you will enjoy lunch in one of them. This afternoon, explore the university town of Stellenbosch, the oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, undoubtedly the most scenic and historically-preserved town in Southern Africa. Oak-lined streets next to water furrows compliment the many fine examples of elegant Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian architecture – all part of this unique “Town of Oaks”.

Overnight at VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA. (B,L)

Days 6/7/8 ~ June 19/20/21

Cape Town/Kruger National Park~Imbali Safari Lodge

Untitled-9Depart on your schedule flight to Kruger National Park, one of the world’s great national parks. It is home to an unparalleled diversity of wildlife and is maintained by one of the world’s most sophisticated management systems. Five rivers cross the park from west to east. There are 300 different types of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 types of amphibian, 116 different reptilian species, 505 species of birds and 147 species of mammals in the park. Your guide will interpret the ecosystems and animal behavior, and help you to identify the strands in the web of life. The park is frequented by browsers and grazers such as giraffe, kudu, impala, zebra, wildebeest and buffalo. Elephant and white rhino are also common. Predators include lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and side-striped jackal, as well as wild dog.

Untitled-10Within the untouched wilderness of the Kruger National Park, Imbali Safari Lodge continues the tradition of safari in the romantic style of the past. Set on the banks of the Nwatswitswonto River, this haven comprised of twelve suites of comfortable luxury, is the ideal place to end your ultimate adventure. Experience the colonial delights of four o’clock tea, succulent evening meals, cigars and brandy. Take in the untouched beauty of the bush, and take home stories of your very own exciting safari. Magnificent cuisine is freshly prepared to your satisfaction by personal butlers, with the menu itself as extensive as the African wilderness. Flickering hurricane lamps, fine mosquito netting and exceptional service, rivaled only by the accommodation, will ensure you never forget the African safari experience. All suites are beautifully appointed with only the finest furniture and imported linen. Spacious decks offer stunning salas and private plunge pools with views over the river bed and onto the plains beyond.

Untitled-15A variety of activities are available at the lodge. These include wildlife safaris, guided walks, health spa visits, bush picnics and champagne breakfasts. Video and slide presentations, traditional dancing, storytelling, special interest talks and even a canoe ride or a visit to the Sangoma or traditional healer can be arranged.

Overnights at the IMBALI SAFARI LODGE. (B,L,D Daily)

Days 9/10 ~June 22/23

Hoedspruit/Johannesburg/Atlanta/Salt Lake City

Savor one last wildlife drive before transferring to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Here, connect with your overnight flight back to the USA. (B, Meals Aloft)

Optional Post-Extension to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day 9 ~June 22


Untitled-11Savor one last wildlife drive before transferring to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Here bid farewell to the rest of the group returning to the USA. Upon arrival at the Johannesburg International Airport, you will be met and escorted to your hotel. Often called Jo’burg, Johannesburg is the country’s largest city and financial center with ultra-modern skyscrapers and a bustling way of life. Truly, the city of gold, as its claim to fame is the gold that was discovered close-by.

 D’Oreale Grande is situated near Johannesburg International Airport. D’Orleale Grande boasts luxurious accommodation, with palatial buildings set in a display of gardens, fountains and statues. Richly cloaked surroundings such as marble floors, plush carpets, magnificent stained glass domes, highly decorated murals and frescos, sculptures, intricate mosaics and Roman columns and arches contribute to an atmosphere of intimacy, classical elegance and lavish opulence.

Overnight at D’OREALE GRANDE. (Meals Aloft)

 Days 10/11 ~ June 23/24

Johannesburg /Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Untitled-12Fly to Victoria Falls airport on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. At more than twice the size of Niagara Falls it’s no surprise that Victoria Falls are among the Seven Wonders of the World. Mosi-oa-Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders, derived from the towering column of spray when the Zambezi River runs high, is the name that Zimbabwe’s local people have given to this awesome natural phenomenon. The name is probably more appropriate and descriptive than “Victoria”, which has a far too calm and composed ring to it to do justice to the masses of thundering, swirling water of these spectacular falls. But all Dr. David Livingstone probably thought of when he named the falls after his Queen in 1855 was his royal duty. Five separate falls make up this incredible spectacle that plunges more than 300 feet into a sheer-sided chasm which separates Zimbabwe from Zambia. The awe-inspiring abyss is spanned by a 1905 Edwardian bridge which links the two countries. The masses of water plunging down the falls and into the gorge below originate from the mighty Zambezi River that meanders through more than 1,677 miles of African countryside.

Untitled-13Your visit will include a tour of the Falls on the Zimbabwean side. An afternoon sundowner cruise on a private boat will be a highlight as you glide along the Zambezi River, watching hippos snort, elephants drink on the riverbank, monkeys jump from branch to branch, birds fly overhead or pose for a photograph on the branches, and much more. Enjoy your gin and tonic, cool beer, or drink of choice, and see a panoramic sunset as the sun dips below the horizon, painting the whole area in unbelievable colors of brilliant reds, yellows, purples and mauves.

You’ll also get a chance to visit an authentic native village to see how the local people live. You will be escorted by your English-speaking village guide, seeing a culture and ways of life that remains virtually unchanged through the ages. View their daily rituals, from the women cooking and mending their huts, to the artistic woodcarvings created right in front of you by the village artisans. Smiling children scatter about and you are welcome to mingle and take photographs. Long after you’ve left, this cultural visit will remain with you, as you’ll feel as though you’ve experienced a different part of Africa

Untitled-14The Victoria Falls Hotel is the ‘Grand Dame’ of Victoria Falls. For almost 100 years, visiting members of the royal families, international and local statesmen, and celebrities worldwide, have flocked to the Victoria Falls Hotel, where they are assured of privacy and care in an atmosphere steeped in history, combining the charm of the old with all the comfort and convenience of today. It is one hotel that can truly claim to be unique. Through the years, the ‘Vic Falls Hotel’ has enjoyed various renovations, but has lost none of its earlier charm. In fact, much of the hotel has been meticulously brought back to its former grandeur using original photos and plans. The architecture reflects Edwardian style at its height with numerous corridors, archways, and columns, and extensive wood paneling. The hotel is set on verdant lawns, adorned with beautiful flowers, shrubs and indigenous trees. There is a lovely brick terrace at the top of the garden from where guests can relax in deep wicker chairs and look out to the famous railway bridge enveloped in the mist of the falls. The en-suite bedrooms are also constructed in the style of the Edwardian era, many with period antiques. Well decorated and very comfortable, they are a welcome reward after a full-day of sightseeing. The Edwardian theme is further reflected in the bathroom’s black and white tiling, and claw foot bathtub.

Overnights at the VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL. (B Daily)

Days 12/13 ~ June 25/26

Victoria Falls/Johannesburg/Atlanta/Salt Lake City

Last chance to photograph the incredible Falls, before transferring to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg where you connect with your overnight flight back home. (B, Meals Aloft)


DEPOSIT: $750 per person, due at time of booking

Reservations must be accompanied by the guests’ full name.

FULL PAYMENT: Due 95 days prior to departure.

In the event that reservations must be cancelled, refunds will be made according to the following schedule:

  • Up to March 11, 2015, $300 handling fee.
  • March 12 – 31, 2016, deposit is forfeited.
  • April 1- April 15, 2016, less 50% of tour cost.
  • After April 15, 2016, 100% of tour cost.

As many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the operation of these trips, we must adhere to the cancellation policies. We strongly suggest guests purchase trip cancellation insurance.

* All prices, inclusions and dates may be subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.



For more information about the Zoo’s Travel Program call 801.584.1737 or email the Zoo’s Travel Coordinator.