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AACI Kosher South Africa and Victoria Falls   

20 January 2019 - 31 January 2019
Locations: Botswana, Breathtaking Safaries, Cape Town, Johannesburg, South Africa, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana 3 amazing and beautiful countries, offering a varied and colorful tour, combining multiple elements of a supreme nature experience.

Enjoy the breathtaking views and beauty of Cape Town, discover the Jewish roots in Oudtshoorn and the glorious stalactite and stalagmite formations in the Cango caves. Johannesburg, a city of Jewish interest, including a visit to the Hector Pietersen Museum in Soweto to better understand the history of the uprising and apartheid.

Visit Chobe National Park, known as the one of best wildlife parks in the world, with its huge herds of elephants and Cape buffalo. Lions, antelopes and hippos which inhabit the woods and lagoons. Be enchanted by the awe-inspiring view of Victoria Falls the largest waterfall in the world. Get upfront and personal with the varied wildlife on your safaris. This trip is a photographers dream!

Day 1 + Day 2 Sunday/Monday 20-21 January 2019: Tel Aviv – Johannesburg – Port Elizabeth –Knysna
(please note: as per the South African Immigration Authorities you are required to have at least 4 full blank consecutive pages in your passport)

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, clearing immigration and collecting our luggage, proceed to the Domestic Terminal for our flight to Port Elizabeth. We then travel on towards Tsitsikamma National Park, stopping at Storms River Bridge, the entrance to the Garden Route. Here we will stroll alongside the bridge for spectacular views. Continuing on to the Tsitsikamma National Park, situated at the heart of the picturesque tourist region known as the Garden Route, found on the Southern Cape of South Africa. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning, “place of clear water”. The Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. The forest nature trail to the river mouth and across the suspension bridge is a must. Visit the “Big Tree which is between 600 – 800 years old, 36,6m tall and has a trunk circumference of 9m.

Our next stop is Knysna, stopping at the Bloukrans Bridge Viewpoint – the highest single span arch bridge in the world and the highest commercially operated Bungee Jump in the world. This is the perfect way to watch the live bungee show up close and is an ideal alternative to jumping off!

Kosher Fish Dinner at Dry Dock Restaurant
Overnight Knysna Premier Hotel

Day 3 Tuesday, 22 January 2019: Knysna – Oudtshoorn
Travel to Oudtshoorn via Sedgefield, Wilderness and George. Oudtshoorn was known as “Vilna of South Africa” due to the large Lithuanian Jewish Community living there the turn of the 20th century. Visit the C.P. Nel Museum, with the only Synagogue situated in a museum; it has an Ark that is one of the tallest. What makes the Synagogue and various ceremonial objects so amazing is the fact that they are still in use today.

On arrival in Oudtshoorn we will visit the Safari Ostrich Farm for a tour, and learn every aspect of ostrich farming, from breeding to rearing. Visitors will get the opportunity to test the strength of the eggs by standing on them a great photo opportunity and as we get to sit on an ostrich.
Kosher Fish dinner at Safari Ostrich Farm
Overnight at Oudtshoorn Hotel

Day 4 : Wednesday, 23 January 2019: Oudtshoorn – Garden Route Game Lodge
Today, we begin with an early tour of the Cango Caves to view the beautiful chambers of stalactite and stalagmite formations created many thousands of years ago. The Cango Caves are a series of dripstone caverns that open into vast halls of towering stalagmite formations with names like ‘the bridal couple’, ‘glass flower fantasy’, ‘weird cango candle’ and ‘the hanging shawl’.

Continue to the Garden Route Game lodge.

This malaria free, private game reserve is home to an abundance of animal and bird life including the BIG 5. Enjoy game viewing in open land rovers, luxury accommodation and a memorable dining experience in our Boma restaurant.

Late afternoon depart for an afternoon/evening game drive with our ranger; enjoy a sundowner stop at lookout point on the reserve.
Return to the Lodge for dinner.
Overnight: Garden Route Game Lodge

Day 5 : Thursday, 24 January 2019: Garden Route Game Lodge – Cape Town
Depart for a sunrise game drive in an open land rover with our experienced game ranger who will bring us sightings of lion, elephant, white rhino, buffalo and cheetah, as well as giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope species such as bontebok, red hartebeest, kudu, eland, impala, springbuck and many more. We then return to the Lodge for a full buffet breakfast.

Continue to Cape Town via Swellendam and Du Toits Kloof Pass
Dinner: Avron’s Kosher Restaurant
Overnight: The Cape Manor Hotel

Day 6 : Friday, 25 January, 2019: Cape Town
Today we visit magical and mystical Table Mountain.

Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most prominent feature and a world famous landmark. This majestic mountain is visible from almost everywhere in Cape Town and is often used as a beacon by which to find direction. The mountain is sculpted from sandstone and provides breath-taking views over the city and its beaches.

Continue on a panoramic city tour of Cape Town, passing the houses of Parliament, City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope. Visit the South African Museum, the Jewish Museum, the “Bo Kaap”, also known as the Malay quarter & Green Market Square. From here we travel on to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home of some 3500 species of Southern African fauna and flora.

Spend the rest of the day exploring the V & A Waterfront. The wide variety of leisure activities and attractions on offer at the V&A Waterfront makes this unique destination the first choice for both local and foreign visitors. The V&A Waterfront is a treasure trove of fun and exciting experiences, to be explored…new journeys await around every corner.

Return to hotel to prepare for Shabbat. Services at Synagogue follow by Shabbat Dinner at hotel from Avron’s Place Kosher Restaurant

Overnight Cape Manor Hotel

Day 7 : Saturday, 26 January, 2019: Cape Town
After Services, Kosher Shabbat lunch at the hotel from Avron’s Kosher Restaurant.

Afternoon walking tour of the neighborhood with our guide (optional).

Dinner – fish in foil at the hotel
Overnight Cape Manor Hotel

Day 8 : Sunday, 27 January 2019: Cape Peninsula
Travel through Clifton and Camps Bay to Hout Bay – take a short boat trip to Seal Island to view the Seals in their natural environment (weather permitting).

Continue via Chapman’s Peak to the nature reserve of Cape of Good Hope. This is where the famous Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope can be viewed as well as the legendary meeting of the cold Atlantic and warm Indian currents. We then return to Cape Town driving along the coastline through small towns such Simonstown, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenburg. En-route visit Boulders – the Penguin Colony. Continue onto Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to over 3500 species of South African flora and fauna, and one of the Great Botanical Gardens of the World. Continue to the V & A Waterfront (time permitting). The wide variety of leisure activities and attractions on offer at the V&A Waterfront makes this unique destination the first choice for both local and foreign visitors. The V&A Waterfront is a treasure trove of fun and exciting experiences, to be discovered…new journeys await around every corner.

Dinner: Avron’s Restaurant
Overnight Cape Manor

Day 9 : Monday, 28 January 2019: Cape Town – Johannesburg – Victoria Falls
Today we transfer to Cape Town Airport for our flight to Johannesburg, connecting to our flight to Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls, described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as  ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘the Smoke that Thunders’ and in more modern terms as ‘the greatest known curtain of falling water’. Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Upon arrival, we will transfer you to our hotel.

In the afternoon, we depart for our Zambezi River Sunset Cruise (approx. 2 hours), a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River. As we drift leisurely along the Zambezi River, keep an eye out for animals making the way to the riverbank to quench their thirst or bathing hippos, hungry crocodiles lying in wait for their meal. Nothing can prepare you for the tranquility that this immense river offers you only a few kilometers from the Falls. Soft drinks, beers, spirits and snacks are served while viewing the beautiful sun set on the horizon of the river.

Kosher FISH Dinner
Overnight Azambezi River Lodge

 Victoria Falls is a Malaria Area – please consult with your doctor

Day 10 : Tuesday, 29 January 2019: Victoria Falls – Chobe – Victoria Falls
It’s an early morning departure to Chobe National Park where we will have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of wildlife on our game drives.

Botswana is Africa at its very best – untamed, vast expanses of pristine wilderness, teeming with wildlife, alive with expectancy and an ultimate safari destination.

The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana, undisputedly boasts one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime.  Spend the morning game viewing along the Chobe River. Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided. After lunch, we will board safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive in the then return to Victoria Falls

Kosher FISH Dinner
Overnight Azambezi River Lodge

Day 11 : Wednesday, 30 January 2019: Victoria Falls – Johannesburg
After breakfast, we will be meet our guide for our Tour of the Falls.

It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. We will be accompanied through the Rain-forest by one of our qualified Guides who will give a brief history of the Falls, detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for our flight back to Johannesburg.

On Arrival in Johannesburg, we will be transfer to Sandton

Dinner: Supplied by Kosher Caterer to the hotel
Overnight: Quartermaine Hotel

Day 12 : Thursday 31 January 2019: Johannesburg – Tel Aviv
Today we’ll embark on a panoramic tour of Johannesburg’s affluent suburbs and business district.

Continue to Soweto. Soweto is the very symbol of the African’s struggle for freedom in South Africa. During the last troubled decades of the twentieth century, Soweto represented the struggle against apartheid. This tour also offers insight into the daily lives of the people of Soweto, the origins of “Matchbox City” and its complex relationship with greater Johannesburg. Included will be a visit to the Hecter Pieterson Memorial Museum.

Early dinner at a Kosher Restaurant
Drop off at O R Tambo for flight back home

Day 13: Friday February 1, 2019: Tel Aviv

Welcome home! Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing Shabbat with the wonderful memories of your amazing trip.

Flights:
TLV-JNB  LY 51  20 JAN  20.50-0530 (21 JAN)
JNB-TLV  LY52  31 JAN  21.00-05.45 (1 FEB)
Price: AACI members $5,990 per person in a double                                             currency converter
non members $6,040
Single Supplement $700

The above rates INCLUDE:

  • Air Fare
  • Transport in a luxury air-conditioned coach with a professional driver
  • Accommodation in good 4* Tourist Class Hotels
  • 4 Game Drives
  • Cruise in Chobe National Park
  • Registered Local English Speaking Guide
  • Entrance Fees to all sites
  • Tips to driver/guide, hotel & restaurant staff
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Porterage at airports and hotels
  • Mineral water on coach – 2x 500ml bottles pp per day
  • Tour leader
  • AACI Escort
  • Whispers

The above rates EXCLUDE:

  • Visas if applicable!!
  • Visa for Zimbabwe
  • All items of personal nature
  • Medical Insurance
  • All items not listed above as included

*PLEASE NOTE THAT Victoria Falls is a MALARIA AREA. PLEASE ADVISE CLIENTS TO CONSULT THEIR DOCTOR.
*PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE AT LEAST 4 (THREE) BLANK PAGES IN YOUR PASSPORT FOR TRAVEL TO SOUTH   AFRICA

South Africa Registration Form 2019

For reservations: phone Diesenhaus: 02-6220000. please email your registration for to: aacitravel@diesenhaus.co.il 
For additional information call Carole Kremer at AACI 02-5600910

 

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