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Wonders of South Africa & Safari Adventure II

May 2 - May 12, 2022

Cape Town • Cape Winelands • Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve • Johannesburg

Wonders of South Africa & Safari Adventure II

May 2 - May 12, 2022

Cape Town • Cape Winelands • Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve • Johannesburg

Wonders of South Africa & Safari Adventure II

May 2 - May 12, 2022

Cape Town • Cape Winelands • Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve • Johannesburg


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About Our Destination
Climate
The temperatures in South Africa in May will depend on our location. In Cape Town, it should be in the 60s Fahrenheit during the day (~15-20°C) and 40s Fahrenheit (~5-10°C) in the evening with some rainfall. In the Sabi Sabi Private Reserve, it should be in the high 70s Fahrenheit (~23-25°C) during the day and 40s Fahrenheit (~5-10°C) in the early morning and evening—so packing gloves, scarves, knitted caps, and insulated jackets for the morning and evening game drives will be key. And in Johannesburg, it should be in the 70s Fahrenheit (~20-25°C) during the day and in the 40s Fahrenheit (~5-10°C) in the evenings.
Currency
South Africa uses the South African Rand (ZAR); however, the US dollar is also accepted in some shops in small denominations ($1, $5, and $10). For updated exchange rates, please click here.
The amount of cash you bring is at your discretion. Please keep in mind that most establishments (outside of some markets) take credit cards, so a great deal of cash is not necessary. In addition, ATM machines are available; however, your bank will likely charge you a foreign transaction fee, so please check with them prior to leaving your hometown. Most ATMs will accept Visa and Mastercard international credit cards, paying out in local currency.
Languages
English is widely spoken in South Africa. It is one of the 11 official languages in South Africa, including Zulu, Xhosa, and Afrikaans.
Health & Safety
Micato Protocols
To learn more about Micato's Health & Safety protocols, please click here.
Before Your Trip 
Cancellation Policy
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.
2022 Wonders of South Africa & Safari Adventure II
START DATE END DATE CANCEL PENALTY
Cancellation Fee 365 days or more prior to trip date   5/2/2021 50% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 0-364 days prior to trip date 5/3/2021 5/2/2022 100% of trip cost (no refund)
Transfer funds are nonrefundable and nontransferable from the point of sale forward.
Passport and Visa
A valid passport is required for entry into Africa and should be kept on your person or in the hotel safe deposit box. Your passport must be valid 6 months after travel. All visitors to Africa are required to have a minimum of two blank pages in their passport book that are lying side by side when the passport is open, for room to place their entry stamp. If there is insufficient space in the passport, entry into the country will be denied.
US citizens entering South Africa are not required to have visa. If you are not a US citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries you will be visiting to make sure have all documentation you need to go on this trip.
Vaccinations
Please check with your local public health department or personal physician regarding immunization recommendations for your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” and then “Vaccinations.”
Travel Insurance
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your trip investment against the unexpected. Visit our Insurance page olivia.com/travel-insurance for more information.
For a travel insurance quote, more information or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
Joining the Olivia Trip Group on Facebook
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the Facebook group page.
Travel and Arrival 
Air Travel
Airport
You will need to fly into the Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and out of the Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB).
Airfare Discounts
Please check our airline discounts page for the latest discounts.
Arrival and Departure Times
Arrivals: In order to take advantage of the Olivia transfer from the Cape International Airport (CPT) to the Table Bay Hotel, your flight should be scheduled to arrive in Cape Town on May 2. Most flights from the United States and Europe arrive in the morning. Please note that check-in is at 2 pm. Transfers are not included for any flights arriving on other dates.
Departures: Your departing flight should be scheduled to depart out of Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) at any time on May 12. Transfers are not included for any flights departing on other dates.
Luggage Allowances
Your luggage should not weigh more than 44 lbs. We suggest that, if possible, you use a soft-sided duffle bag (with or without wheels), because this type of bag is much easier to load onto small planes. The maximum luggage size should not exceed 16 inches x 12 inches x 24 inches.
You can bring a carry-on that weighs 11 lbs. or less and can fit under the seat in front you. Since the program begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg, you will not be able to store excess luggage.
Transfers
Your Micato staff will meet and greet you at the airport, in the arrivals hall, and bring you to the Table Bay Hotel, where you are preregistered for check-in. Should you have any queries, your Micato Safaris Concierge staff will be at their desk in the lobby to answer all your questions.
Olivia Travel Gear Store

To help you get ready for your vacation, we’ve partnered with New Headings to create Olivia Travel Gear, our own online gear and apparel store, featuring items from leading brands, including Craghoppers, Patagonia, Teva, Outdoor Research, and Eagle Creek. Visit olivia.newheadings.com for more information!
During Your Trip 
What Is Included?
  • Accommodations for 11 days and 10 nights in the finest hotels and jungle lodge
  • Airport arrival transfer and departure transfers on days of program (May 2 and May 12) with
    meet-and-greet service upon arrival in the Arrivals Hall at the Cape Town International Airport
  • Private day-use rooms on the day of departure, May 12
  • Most meals are included; there are two dinners on own, one in Cape Town and one in the Winelands
  • House wine, beer, some spirits, soft drinks, and water are included during meals at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
  • Special enhancements:
  • Cheetah Outreach: opportunity to meet and take photos of a cheetah
  • Lunch in Bo-Kaap in a local home: learn to cook Malay food while preparing your lunch with a local family
  • Visit to Table Mountain (weather permitting)
    • Dinner at the famous Gold’s Restaurant
    • Wine tasting at Lourensford Estate, Morgenster Estate, and Allée Bleue Estate in the Winelands
    • Lunch at Tokara Restaurant in the Winelands
    • Visit to Soweto in Johannesburg, with a visit to the former home of Nelson Mandela and passing by the former home of Archbishop Tutu
  • One day with a choice of an included option for a morning tour in Cape Town (minimum and maximum participation required); your choice of:
    • Visiting and participating in cooking lunch at Rosie’s Soup Kitchen, feeding hundreds of local people who may not normally get a meal
    • Taking a surf lesson
    • Visiting Robben Island, the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela was held
    • Visiting Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
    • Visiting Seal Island, home to 6000 Cape Fur Seals
  • Safari briefing conducted by your Sabi Sabi Safari Director
  • Two flights with all transfers to enhance your comfort and minimize lengthy drives:
    • Commercial flight from Cape Town to Skukuza
    • Private charter flight from the Sabi Sabi to Johannesburg
  • On safari, we will seat a maximum of 6 guests in open Safari Vehicles equipped with ice chests with complementary beverages and books about safari wildlife
  • An authentic safari hat as a welcome gift
  • An Olivia safari vest (be sure to let us know your size)
  • All entrance fees to parks (fees subject to increase)
  • Government taxes, VAT, and service charges for accommodations and included meals
  • All porterage throughout
  • All gratuities, including for the drivers, guides, Safari Ranger and Tracker, housekeeping, and Micato Travel Director
  • Hospitality desk fully staffed by Micato Concierge while in Cape Town
  • Olivia Land Director to accompany the group
What’s Not Included?
  • International flights to Cape Town and from Johannesburg
  • Alcoholic beverages (except at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge during meals)
  • Laundry
  • Individual insurance
  • Transfers for guests arriving prior to May 2 (unless on the 1-night Pre-Adventure Vacation Stretcher) or departing after May 12 (unless on the Victoria Falls 3-night Post-Adventure Vacation Stretcher)
  • Cost of obtaining visas, if necessary, and other incidentals
Special Occasions
If you have any celebrations and birthdays during the trip that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please let us know of this information as soon as possible but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
Specific Needs—Medical, Mobility, Dietary, and Otherwise
If you have any medical, mobility, or specific dietary requirements that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please let us know as soon as possible, but not less than 90 days prior. Please advise us of this information as soon as possible but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
Electricity
The voltage is 230 volts and 50 cycles. The plugs are shaped differently than in America and most parts of Europe; you will need 3-prong round adapters. We suggest you travel with a set of international adapter plugs as well as a voltage converter. Most camera battery and computer chargers have the 110/220/230-V converters built in, but double check this before plugging in this equipment without a voltage converter. With the proper adapters, you can easily recharge your batteries at all of the accommodations. Please note that most hotels have a 110-V socket.
Email and Internet
Complimentary wifi is available at hotels and the safari lodge. The wifi works best in the public areas but is not always dependable.
Gratuities
All gratuities to drivers, guides, Safari Ranger and Tracker, waitstaff, housekeeping, and Micato Travel Director are included. If you received exceptional service from someone, you are welcome to give an additional gratuity. If you take an optional excursion, you may want to tip your driver and guide.
Laundry Services
Laundry, pressing, and dry-cleaning services are available at all hotels and safari lodge for a fee. No self-serve laundry is available.
Medical Services
South Africa is a global leader in many medical disciplines. In fact, doctors trained in South Africa are sought after all over the world, so this should give an indication of the standard of medical care available. All areas we will be in have readily available medical services. While in the bush on safari, there are doctors on call to treat travel-related and common ailments. Medical treatment is available for a fee.
Smoking Policy
Please refrain from smoking in safari vehicles and other enclosed places where it may affect others. All hotel rooms and safari lodge rooms are nonsmoking.
Solo Travelers
Feel free to meet other solos and travelers online the forum we have set up for guest going on Olivia’s Wonders of South Africa & Safari Adventure II.
Telephone
All hotels and the safari lodge have readily available phones. Mobile phones work in most areas you will be traveling through. To avoid big international roaming charges, we suggest you check with your carrier about cell phone service in South Africa and any international plans that may be available to you. Complete information about emergency contact information will be available in your final documents, which will be emailed to you 3-4 weeks in advance of the trip.
After Your Trip
Departure
After the trip, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home on May 12.
Vacation Stretchers
We are offering a 1-night Pre-Adventure Vacation Stretcher in Cape Town and a 3-night Post-Adventure Vacation Stretcher to Victoria Falls. Please refer to the Vacation Stretcher tab for more information.


This trip requires a moderate mobility as guests must be able to walk to the safari vehicles, which can be up to ¼ mile away, walk on trails, climb a few stairs to their accommodations, climb into a safari vehicle, and be able to handle bumpy rides on rocky terrain. Wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on safari. If you do have limited mobility, you are required to travel with someone who can assist you.



Our Travel Consultants can be reached at USA or Canada: 800.631.6277 or International 415.962.5700, option 1.