This will be no ordinary Thanksgiving! There will be no under cooked turkey, no aunties asking you “when you gonna get a man”, no schlepping to the movie theater after dinner, and more important, no dishes to wash!
We are headed to South Africa for 9 days of exploration, fun, food, and wonderful times with the Wandering Moms and their families!
Nov 19thh – Nov 27th, 2021
Location: Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa
WAMKELEKILE!!! (That’s Welcome in Xhosa) It’s welcome day! When you arrive, we’ll get you checked into our hotel. If you arrive early, you’ll have some time to explore on your own.
In the evening, we’ll get together for a Welcome Dinner to get to know one another and sample some local flavors, and fill our bellies!
I know it’s Sunday but we can still get our learn on. We’ll grab the kids and visit the Aparthied Musuem which is recognized as the pre-eminent museum sharing the story of Apartheid and the history of South Africa.
Each person is given a ticket telling them if they are “white” or “colored” and they are only allowed to enter the museum based on their categorization.
The Apartheid Museum is impactful, informational, and sobering.
After our museum visit, we will grab lunch and visit some South African markets for some SHOPPING!
We’ll take a visit to Soweto, the largest township in South Africa. Townships are neighborhoods designed to separate blacks and colored people from the areas where whites lived and to keep them contained.
Soweto has grown to become a city in and of itself with areas that are reminiscent of its sobering past as well as areas that boast the uprising of its people.
Soweto was home to Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and Trevor Noah’s family. We’ll spend half a day walking through Soweto, learning about its history.
We will also get the opportunity to volunteer at a school in Soweto that was built to house and educate orphaned children.
In the morning, we’ll be scooped up to head out to our Game Lodge for safari.
YES WE SAID SAFARI!!!!
Once we arrive at our game lodge, we’ll be welcomed with a refreshing drink and a buffet lunch before we get checked in.
Anybody ready to see some animals!! After we’re fed and refreshed, we’ll head for a game drive to see how many kinds of animals we can spot – elephants, buffalo, giraffes, gazelles, gnus, hyenas…and even lions!
Meals will be served at the game reserve lodge buffet style. The lodge also features an infinity pool, a spa, a cigar lounge and a play area for the kiddos!
We’ll get up eeeeaaarrrlly in the morning to head out on one last game drive to catch a glimpse of any animals we may have missed.
If you have the chance, you can even get up early to schedule a spa service. Yes honey, there is a spa at the game reserve. Below are ACTUAL pictures of the spa ya’ll. It’s INSANE!
After our last game drive or spa visits, we’ll grab breakfast, then check out and head back to Cape Town. Once we arrive in Cape Town, we’ll check into our hotel and head out for a swim at the Sea Point pools and a bike ride along the waterfront. Definitely a great way to be properly introduced to Cape Town!
Happy Thanksgiving from Cape Town!!
While our friends and family are starting off their Thanksgiving morning with dinner prep, we’ll be getting out and exploring one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
We’ll have breakfast at the hotel and then jump on a Hop On/Hop Off Bus to see the city. To be perfectly honest, we typically think HOHO buses are a snooze fest but NOT IN CAPE TOWN!! There is just so much to see and the city is just so beautiful that it makes for a great HOHO experience.
We’ll get off on a few stops along the way, including Table Mountain, of course.
Thanksgiving Dinner will be QUITE special. We’ll be dining at a restaurant that’s much more than dining. It’s truly an experience! we’ll be presented with 15 coruses of tasting plates from all over the continent of Africa. If there’s a dish you want more of, simply ask and it will appear!
The food is one thing, but the entertainment is QUITE another. We don’t want to spoil it for you but this part is always one of our favorite memories!
Black Friday?? No tredging through malls and standing in line to buy yet antoher television for us…no! We’re heading out for a FULL day of fun!
Starting with….TREE CLIMBING ANYONE!?!?!
We’ll start our day off with a visit to Acrobranch.
It’s a treetop play jungle with several levels of courses and fun for all ages. Yep, even for us moms and dads!
One of the MANY things you just HAVE to do when in South Africa is visit a vineyard and have a wine tasting. We can’t let you miss out on South African wine just because the kids are with us. Plus, we aren’t driving!
Once we’ve worn ourselves out climbing trees and walking tight ropes, we’ll move to Cape Point Vineyards for a picnic and wine tsating with views of the ocean and mountains as our backdrop and spoiler alert, this vineyard has a playground so the kids can do their thing while us adults do ours!
Then we’ll go see the PENGUINS!!
Did you know there were penguins in Africa!?!?!
YEP THERE SURE ARE.
Most of us think penguins and we think snow…and when we think snow, we DEFINITELY do not think of Africa.
But there they are…snowless penguins in Africa!
Our last full day in South Africa, we’ll be heading out to the beautiful and colorful neighborhood of Bo-Kaap to get some photos! We’ll have a photographer on hand to snap a couple of photos of you and your little one to commemorate your Thanksgiving holiday.
Hmaba kahle! (goodbye in Zulu). It’s time to depart. We’ll warn you now, you will fall in love with Cape Town and you will want to come back and do the things you didn’t get to do because there is SO MUCH to do and see in this city.
Lucky for you, Cape Town isn’t going anwywhere!
Check out this testimonial from one of the families on our trip last year:
THANKSGOING! SOUTH AFRICA COST
9 days and 8 nights in beautiful culture rich South Africa.
Note you can do the Joburg + Cape Town trip or ONLY the Cape Town portion of the trip.
Joburg and Cape Town Pricing:
Primary Adult (Wandering Mom Account Holder): $3,000
Additional Adult (Age 13+): $1,500
Child (Age 4 – 12): $1,300
Baby (3 and Under): $750
Note: stated ages are at time of trip
Cape Town Only Pricing:
Primary Adult (Wandering Mom Account Holder): $2,500
Additional Adult (Age 13+): $1,200
Child (Age 4 – 12): $1,000
Baby (3 and Under): $500
*payment plans available*
RESERVATION FEE IS ONLY $150!!
This trip sold out last year so ACT FAST!!!
Nov 19th – Nov 27th, 2022
For the Joburg and Cape Town Trip, the following is included:
- Airport transfer to hotel in Johannesburg
- Lodging in Johannesburg at a 3-start or 4-star hotel
- Welcome Dinner
- Transportation to Apartheid Museum
- Entry to Apartheid Museum
- Soweto Tour including transportation and guide
- Airport transfer from hotel to Airport
- 1 way flight to Cape Town (baggage fees not included)
- All items below in Cape Town trip
For the Cape Town portion of the trip, the following is included:
- Airport transfer from Cpae Town airport to hotel
- Two day safari which includes meals, 2 game drives, lodging, Enghlish speaking guide, and transportation
- Lodging in a 3-star or 4-start hotel in Cape Town
- Hop On/Hop Off Tour
- Entry to Table Mountain
- Thanksgiving Dinner
- Photo Session (~3-5 snaps for each family)
- Entry to Sea Point Pools
- Bike Rental
- Cape Peninsula Tour
- Entry to Acrobranch
- Picnic and Wine Tasting
- Entry to Boulder’s Beach Penguin Observatory
- Transportation to Airport from Hotel
A reservation fee of $150 per primary adult is required to reserve your space.
Installment payments are available. Payment in full must be made no later than 30 days prior to the trip date.
Accounts with payments more than 45 days late will have their trip cancelled and their space resold.
We strongly encourage all of our guests to purchase travel insurance to protect your investment. Most insurance requires you to purchase a policy within 60 days of purchasing a trip. You will receive some information on travel insurance agencies to help you make your purchase. We will also send you a reminder to purchase a policy and require that you certify that you have either purchased a policy or that you have chosen not to and understand you are personally liable.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ENTERING THE COUNTRY WITH MINORS:
If you are not traveling with both parents, you will be REQUIRED to have additional documentation to enter South Africa. You will need the following:
- A copy of your child’s passport
- A copy of the child’s unabridged birth certificate
- A completed affidavit of consent signed by the other parent and notarized no more than 90 days from the date of arrival
- A copy of the consenting parent’s identification (Driver License or Passport)
The ONLY exceptions to these requirements are:
- A court order granting full responsibilities to you for the child
- If the other parent is not listed on the child’s birth certificate, no additional information is required
- If the other parent is deceased, you will need a copy of the death certificate
Note, failure to obtain the appropriate documentation will result in forfeiture of your trip fees
No visas are required for US Passport holders. If you are not a US Passport holder, please go to your embassy’s website to determine what is required for you to enter the country.
No immunizations are required if entering South Africa from the United States. You can review the CDC website for recommended vaccinations. Should you choose to get vaccinations, we suggest utilizing your local state health department as the cost will be lower.
If you are entering South Africa from a country other than the United States, please do research to determine what immunizations are required from your point of entry.
Once you pay your deposit, you’ll receive the following:
- Your receipt
- The satisfaction of knowing that you and bae are going to be AH-MAZING (IMMEDIATELY)
Within 90 days of the trip, you will receive the following:
- Link to join our WhatsApp group
- A reminder to complete your traveler profile
- Invitation to a monthly conference call
Within 60 days of the trip, you will receive the following:
- City Details
- Packing Suggestions
Within 30 days of the trip, you will receive the following:
- Invitation to a weekly conference call
- Transfer and check-in details
- Transportation to and from South Africa
- Meals not mentioned
- Transportation not mentioned
- Beach chair or umbrella rentals
- Baggage Fees
- Services and tours not listed
- Visas costs, if applicable
- Passport costs, if applicable
If you are meeting us in Joburg, the airport code is JNB.
The Cape Town airport code is CPT. Often, you will have to connect through Johannesburg (JNB)
You can pay for your flight over time by using Airfordable. It’s basically layaway for flights! Cool, right?
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