12 Days in South Africa: January – October 2018
Detours Gay Travel presents 12 Days in South Africa. This amazing adventure will give you an opportunity to experience life in South Africa. We will begin our adventure in Cape Town, one of the great cosmopolitan coastal cities of the world. Here, you can explore the many cultures and sites of a truly diverse culture. Don’t worry, our trip leaders are well versed and will be happy to assist in anything you need. The people are proud of their diversity and welcoming to others. So, take advantage of the hospitality and experience a truly unique blend of cultures.
Feeling brave? You can dive into shark infested waters for a close look at a great white. Fear not. There are plenty of animals to see above the water as well. We will be exploring Kruger Park. This 19,000 square kilometer national park is one of the world’s most famous places for a safari. We will set out in an open safari vehicle with a highly trained game warden. Our mission is to locate as many wild animals as we can. There is no shortage of lions, giraffe, elephants, and other local wildlife to see.
A trip to South Africa would be incomplete without a visit to the Winelands. It is located not far from Cape Town, but it feels like a world apart. The city fades into rolling vineyards that spread to the east and west as far as the eye can see. The Winelands has a reputation for world class wines. So, of course we have to have a taste.
- Explore the diverse culture of Cape Town.
- Spend time on one of the many gay beaches.
- Safari through Kruger Park.
- Swim with sharks.
- Sample wines in Winelands.
- 3 course dinner with the locals.
Days 1 & 4: Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the great cosmopolitan coastal cities of the world, fringed by gorgeous beaches, with the imposing Table Mountain as its focal point. The streets are full of a wide variety of languages and colors, making up a local culture that is as varied as It fascinating to be a part of. We spend our first 4 nights here because there is so much to do! Head to the local gay beaches, up to the top of table mountain, into the water with great white sharks, out to famous Robben Island, to the penguin colonies and more! It’s a city that is jam-packed with fun activities. Our first night’s dinner is in the home of a local family in the Bo-kaap neighborhood who welcome us with a 3-course meal to start the trip off right!
Days 5 & 7: Winelands (Paarl)
The Winelands are not far from Cape Town, but seem a world away. The city fades into rolling vineyards that spread to the east and west as far as the eye can see, with the looming rocky mountains creating a natural border to the north. True to its name, the Winelands is the land of world-class wines – of which we have yet to taste a bad one! A visit to the Winelands is not complete without experiencing the reds, whites, blends and bubblies, along with stunning locations, fabulous food and hospitable people. That’s why our time in the Winelands includes a full day of winery-hopping on board a hop-on/hop-off winery train!
Days 8 & 10: Kruger Park
This 19,000 square kilometre (7,000 square mile) national park in South Africa’s Northeast region is one of the world’s most famous places for a safari – and that’s exactly what we’re here for! There’s no shortage of lions, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, springbok, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, and leopards here, and our mission is to find them. We fly from Cape Town to Kruger then take a short drive through the park to our beautiful hotel. The next day we wake up to a full day of game driving in the world-renowned Kruger National Park – a day you will never forget. Exploring the pristine wilderness in an open safari vehicle with a highly experienced ranger, who will ensure optimal game viewing with his in-depth knowledge of the African bush. As you search for the Big Five, keep an eye out for the many other smaller creatures that live in this reserve, including over 500 bird and over 100 reptile species.
Days 11 & 12: Johannesburg
After a drive to South Africa’s largest city, we’ll spend our last evening together before our 12 days of adventure comes to an end. If time before your flight permits, make sure to check out some of Johannesburg’s sightseeing opportunities. We’re here to assist with any post-trip excursions too!
Breakwater Lodge V&A
A former prison, located in the V&A Waterfront with easy access to the shops, eateries and destinations within the waterfront area as well as to Cape Town city center, the nearby beaches and attractions such as Table Mountain. Dining options include the Time Out Cafe, an a la carte restaurant, and Stonebreakers, a self-service buffet restaurant, however there are a myriad of restaurants within easy walking distance from the hotel. Guests can make use of the in-house gym and the wireless hot spots that are available throughout the hotel.
Cascade Country Manor
The 4 Star Cascade Country Manor, with an enviable location in the Paarl Winelands is set against a backdrop of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains and offers guests authentic country-style hospitality in 15 upmarket rooms. Known for its superlative service, the venue also boasts an extensive range of luxury amenities including the on-site Cascade Spa and swimming pool. Surrounding the manor house are olive groves producing the fantastic oils the estate is renowned for and guests can truly look forward to meals here, as the menu features traditional favorites made from locally sourced and fresh ingredients. There is something for everyone in the vicinity from championship golf courses, museums and monuments to Butterfly World, the Drakenstein Lion Park, and myriad wine estates. There is a business center on site and Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout.
Kruger National Park
Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Located on the banks of the beautiful Sabie River in the Mpumalanga town of Hazyview, Hippo Hollow Country Estate offers luxury accommodation in a beautiful setting to guests wanting to explore the attractions of the region. These include the famous Kruger National Park, only a 10-minute drive away. Facilities at the lodge include two large swimming pools, beautiful indigenous gardens, a curio shop and public lounge with internet access. When not relaxing on the estate, guests can opt for game drives into Kruger, hot-air ballooning, elephant and horseback safaris, shopping or visits to nearby wildlife rehabilitation centres.
Fire and Ice Melrose Arch
An edgy, urban hotel that prides itself on its contemporary design and features, the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice is conveniently located close to OR Tambo International Airport and the Sandton business and shopping district with a Gautrain station within easy reach. Located in the trendy hot spot of the Melrose Arch Precinct, the hotel is surrounded by stylish shops, gourmet restaurants and various entertainment options. The energetic urban vibe of the hotel is carried through to all stylish bedrooms. Guests can dine at the modern in-house restaurant, indulge in specialty cocktails, sumptuous hamburgers or gourmet milkshakes and then work it all off in the swimming pool or fitness room. Golfing, tennis and gym facilities are all available in the vicinity of this chic hotel. An innovative 24-hour business station and free WiFi too!
Trip prices based on twin share. Traveling solo? We’ll match you up with another solo traveler at no extra charge, or just pay a $590 USD single supplement for your own room!
Just pay a $500 deposit to reserve your spot. Then follow their simple payment schedule prior to your trip.
- January 20th – January 31st
- February 17th – February 28th
- March 3rd – March 14th
- June 17th – June 28th
- October 1st – October 12th