From exciting Cape Town to the amazing Kruger Game Reserve, our heritage tour offers all the best South Africa has to offer, all with a group of friendly gay travelers. Experience brilliant views from atop Table Mountain, thrilling safaris at a luxurious Game Reserve lodge. Read a personal account of the South African Experience on our Gay Travel Blog.
Mythic Mountains and Luxurious Safari
Southern Africa, the mythic land of mountains and harbors, wild game reserves and stunning countryside, is our playground for a glorious week. Spend a night in Johannesburg, then travel to the wildlife reserve for an African safari experience in the bush, albeit staying in luxurious boutique lodges. We’ll take several game drives from our luxurious safari lodge, where we are likely to see lions, leopards, elephants, and rhinos.
Our small gay group will then explore Cape Town’s colonial history and exciting nightlife, including a cable-car ride to the top of Table Mountain and a drive along the continent’s southwestern-most coastline from Table Mountain to the Cape of Good Hope, the tumultuous meeting location of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.
April 24 to May 02 – $7998 USD
Duration: 9 Days
Starts In: Johannesburg, South Africa
Ends In: Cape Town, South Africa
Required: $1000 Deposit
Arrival transfers; Accommodations for 8 nights at fine hotels and lodges while on safari, in Cape Town and in Johannesburg; Four-day / three-night safari at one of South Africa’s finest luxury game lodges, including accommodations, all meals and daily excursions to view wildlife in their natural setting; All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners; Wine or soft drinks at the Welcome and Farewell dinners; All ground transportation by motor coaches, cars, funiculars, and other vehicles when traveling as a group; Airport transfers for group flights; Airfare from Johannesburg to Cape Town; South African airport departure taxes when traveling with the group; Services of a knowledgeable HE Travel tour host (subject to minimum participation); Licensed South African guides (regardless of group size); Admissions and guided tours at attractions as listed in itinerary; passport processing and visa fee if applicable (not usually required for US, Canadian and most European Countries); All hotel service charges, government taxes, porterage, and gratuities for drivers and included meals. HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Arrival transfers; Accommodations for 4 nights at luxury lodges, including all applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage and handling; All ground transportation; Airfare from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and back to Johannesburg; Entry fees and sightseeing as specified; All breakfasts, and 3 dinners; Services of a knowledgeable HE Travel tour host (subject to minimum participation); Licensed South African guides (regardless of group size); HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Airfare from home to Johannesburg and from Cape Town to home; Meals not included in tour package; Gratuities for guides and HE Travel host; Personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls.
International flights to South Africa; International departure taxes; Zimbabwe visa for visit to Victoria Falls (purchased upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport – approximately US$30, payable in cash); Meals not included in tour package; Gratuities for guides and HE Travel tour host; Personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls.
Many flights arrive during the evening, so there are no activities planned for the first tour day. You may choose to dine tonight in the hotel’s restaurant and spend some time exploring the hotels’ many gardens, fountains, and statues.
Each morning guests will receive an early morning wakeup call! The days will start with coffee and tea as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. Shortly after, we’ll hop into an open vehicle and head out to witness the early morning behaviors of the animals nearby. Keep your eyes open for the Big Five: lions, leopards, Cape buffalos, elephants, and rhinos. When conditions allow, we will be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine certain plants and follow spoor.
We’ll eat breakfasts together back at the lodge and enjoy some relaxation before we embark on an afternoon guided game drive through the park. We’ll have plenty of chances to see the smaller creatures of the bush, learn about the flora and fauna of the region, and to follow tracks in more detail. Our trackers will enthrall you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees, along with tales of traditional folklore.
We’ll have lunches together and relax before high tea and another late afternoon / early evening game drives, where we’ll view seldom-seen nocturnal species by flashlight. We will return to the lodge for gourmet dinners each night.
After enjoying lunch, we will continue to Boulders Beach where we get to see the only penguins on the African continent, African Penguins, also known as Jackass or Black-Footed Penguins. These particular birds are only found on the coast of Southern Africa and, being accustomed to humans, may let you wander nearby for a closer look.
This evening is on your own, enjoy exploring Cape Town!.
This afternoon we will explore the university town of Stellenbosch, the oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town of course. Enjoy the oak-lined streets complemented with the elegant Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian architecture.
A highlight of our visit will be a guided tour of Victoria Falls, considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Falls are a mile wide and plunge 350 feet down the sheer rock face, creating an awesome spectacle. When the Zambezi River is in flood, peaking in April, a towering veil of mist rises high into the air and can be seen more than 30 miles away. The British explorer David Livingstone first saw the Falls in 1855, named them after Queen Victoria, and told the world about the Falls. However, local tribes have lived in the area for centuries and still regard the Falls as sacred.
Our lodge also provides another safari experience in a completely different natural environment. We’ll be on the lookout for hippopotamus, crocodiles, elephants, and even rhinoceros in their natural habitat, as well as many different bird species. One evening we will embark on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River which, at 1750 miles, is the fourth largest river in Africa, after the Nile, Zaire (Congo) and Niger. It flows from northwestern Zambia to Mozambique, where it flows into the warm Indian Ocean.
We have arranged an 8-night tour in Botswana for wonderful wildlife viewing at a variety of luxurious tented camps and lodges. Please contact us for more information about this unique safari experience.
Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group. If they wanted a holiday by themselves they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.
For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
This tour starts and ends in Quito, Ecuador
The terrain on this trip is varied. Topography ranges from rolling to strenuous. Activities include horseback riding at your pace, hiking down into a crater (with the option of riding a mule back up), hiking in a National Park (not intense), biking in the National Park (rolling, rocky terrain) and walking tours. For most of the tour, we will be in higher elevation, which has a colder climate. Be sure to bring warm clothes to accommodate for the colder weather and be prepared to take activities at a slower pace due to the thin air.
While in Quito we will be staying in a charming, newly remodeled hotel that offers a wonderful blend of ancient and modern concepts. We will be perfectly located in Quito’s historic center.
During our time in the countryside, we’ll stay in the heart of the Central Andes at a working ranch/Hacienda. The rooms are the perfect level of comfort with wood-burning stoves to keep us nice and warm. The hacienda is an amazing world of its own, with a warm, friendly vibe.
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