ThanksGOING! South Africa

This will be no ordinary Thanksgiving. There will be no undercooked 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 8 days of exploration, fun, food, and wonderful times with the Wandering Moms and their families!

Dates: November 23 – December 1st

Locations: Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa

Let’s get into this itinerary!

Saturday, November 23rd:

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 sample some local flavors, fill our bellies, and get to know one another!

Sunday, November 24th:

I know it’s Sunday but we can still get our learn on. We’ll grab the kids and visit the Apartheid Museum 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.

Monday, November 25th

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 and we’ll visit a school.

On this evening, we’ll transfer to Cape Town. We will land in Cape Town pretty late, just enough time to catch some zzz’s.

Tuesday, November 26th

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!

Wednesday November 27th

We’ll get up eeeeeaaarrly in the morning to head out on one last game drive to catch a glimpse of any animals we may have missed.

After our last game drive, we’ll grab breakfast then check out and head back to Cape Town. Once we arrive in Cape Town, we’ll take some time to explore the area around our hotel and hang out at the beach.

Just be advised, the beaches are beautiful, the weather is amazing, but the water is cold. Kids don’t seem to care and we can still lay out and soak up some sun and rest.

Thursday November 28th

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 the Hop On/Hop Off Bus to see the city. I’ll be honest, I tend to think that HOHO buses are boring…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.

Table Mountain is considered one of the 7 natural wonders of the world…you’ll see why when you’re looking out over the city and the ocean from atop it. It is a wonder to behold!

After we enjoy our time viewing the city, we’ll hop a ferry to Robben Island, the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for a number of years. If there’s anything that should help us count our blessings it’s the reality that a man was imprisoned for decades simply for wanting to be treated as equal to other humans.

Your children will learn about this in school, but no book, picture or video will come close to the experience of being there.

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 courses 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.

Not only is the food something special, but the entertainment is as well. We’ll get to see drummers, singers and dancers in action AND be encouraged to join in the fun. Best of all, there’s no clean-up after dinner!

Friday, November 29th

Black Friday?? No tredging through malls and standing on line to buy yet another television for us…no, we’ll be heading out to the beautiful and colorful neighborhood of Bo-Kaap to learn about it’s history and to get the story behind the colors in the neighborhood….and 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.

After we leave Bo-Kaap, we’ll head to Sea Point Pools where the kids can swim in any one of the many pools with a backdrop of the beach while parents can relax and read a book or hop in the pools along with them.

Once we’re all done with swimming, we can hop on bikes and ride along the water front to enjoy the view or stop at the playgrounds along the way.

Saturday, November 30th

We’ll start our day off with a visit to Acrobranch! It’s a tree top play jungle with courses and fun for all ages, yep, even for us moms!

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 tasting with views of the ocean and mountains as our backdrop.

After lunch, we continue down the peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope which was historically believed to be the southern most point of Africa…turns out its the south-western most point, but still cool, lol.

THEN WE’LL GO SEE THE PENGUINS!!

Did you know there were penguins in Africa!?!?! YEP! Most of us think penguins and we think snow…and when we think snow, we DEFINITELY DO NOT think Africa!

Sunday, December 1st

Hamba kahle! (goodbye in Zulu) It’s time to depart….I’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 anywhere 🙂

ThanksGOING COST

This trip is 7 days and 8 nights in beautiful and culture rich South Africa!

This time we are offering the opportunity to break up the trip and either do the full itinerary or just the Cape Town portion of the itinerary.

Joburg + Cape Town Cost:

Primary Adult: $2,700, Child (Under 12): $1,100, Adult (Over 12): $1,300, Babies (2 and under): $550

Reservation fee is $500 (per primary adult).

The hotel rooms are on to the primary adult reservation. If you need multiple hotel rooms you need to reserve multiple primary adults.

The price includes:

  • Airport transfer to hotel in Johannesburg
  • Lodging in Johannesburg at a 3-star 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

Cape Town Trip Cost: 

(cost below is for the Cape Town trip ONLY, if you are doing both Joburg and Cape Town, the cost is above)

Primary Adult: $2,200, Child (Under 12): $800, Adult (Over 12): $1,000, Babies (2 and under): $400

Reservation fee is $500 (per primary adult).

Included in the price are:

  • Airport transfer from Cape Town airport to safari game drive
  • Two day safari which includes (meals, 2 game drives, lodging, English speaking guide, transportation)
  • Lodging in 3-star or 4-star hotel in Cape Town
  • Hop on/Hop Off Tour
  • Entry to Table Mountain
  • Robben Island Ferry Ride and Entrance
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Bo-Kaap Tour
  • 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

Payments

Payments can be made in full for a 5% discount. To be eligible for the discount, full payments must be made by April 23rd.

Payments can also be made in equal monthly installments from the time of booking until 30 days prior to the trip.

Payments will be due on the 23rd of each month from February through October. All payments MUST be made by Oct 23rd.

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Logistics:

Spaces Available:

We have enough space for ~15 families at a max of 40 people (children are people!).

Getting There:

If you are doing the full trip, you will fly to Johannesburg, South Africa (Airport code: JNB) and leave from Cape Town, South Africa (Airport code: CPT). Often flights from CPT will connect in JNB as well.

If you are only doing the Cape Town portion of the trip, you should arrive on Monday, Nov 26th so that you are on time for our departure to the safari game reserve on Tuesday morning. We will be departing from a hotel near the airport at 10am on Tuesday.

Your stay at the airport hotel will be included for 1 night and you will be provided with a welcome dinner.

Admin:

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TRAVELING TO SOUTH AFRICA WITH MINOR CHILDREN

If you are not traveling with both parents, you will be REQUIRED to have additional documentation. you will need the following:

  • A copy of your child’s passport
  • A copy of the child’s/children’s unabridged birth certificate
  • A completed affidavit of consent signed by the other parent and notarized no older than 90 days at time of arrival (click here for example affidavit of consent)
  • 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(ren)

If the other parent is not listed on the child’s birth certicate, no additional information is required.

If the other parent is deceased, you will need a copy of a death certificate.

Note, failure to obtain the appropriate documentation will result in forfeiture of your trip fees.

Visas:

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.

Immunizations:

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.

Travel Insurance:

We always suggest purchasing travel insurance. Things happen and you want to be covered in the event you are unable to make this trip.

Travel Guard is a good option for travel insurance, you can purchase it here. https://www.travelguard.com/?cmpid=kac-CJ2018-QuoteReferral

Refund Policy:

Fees are refundable for 24 hours after initial purchase. After that time, they are transferable. If, for any reason, you can’t make the trip, it is your responsibility to find a replacement…with over 15,000 moms in the group, we don’t think it’ll be a problem.

We also strongly suggest purchasing trip insurance to cover you in the event you are unable to make the trip.

Communications:

Once you pay your reservation fee, you’ll receive the following:

  • An auto generated receipt (immediately)
  • An official WMs receipt (within 7 days)
  • A copy of our Terms and Conditions (within 7 days)
  • Travel Insurance Recommendation (within 7 days)
  • An invoice for your next payment (within 7 days)
  • Customs information (within 7 days)
  • The satisfaction of knowing that your Thanksgiving is going to be AH-MAZING (IMMEDIATELY)

Within 90 days of the trip, you will receive the following:

  • Link to join our WhatsApp group
  • A link to fill out your travel details (we’ll need your passport information and a few more details)
  • Invitation to a monthly conference call
  • A reminder to obtain customs documentation
  • A high level itinerary

Within 60 days of the trip, you will receive the following:

  • City Details (language, exchange rate, climate, etc.)
  • Another reminder to obtain customs documentation
  • Packing Suggestions
  • Request for your flight information
  • Hotel information
  • Detailed itinerary

Within 30 days of the trip, you will receive the following

  • Invitation to a weekly conference call
  • Reminder to provide your flight information
  • Transfer and check-in details

Bunkmates:

There are no bunkmates for this trip. You will have one hotel room per Primary Adult booking. Hotel rooms have two beds. If you need more beds, you will need to reserve for additional primary adults.

What is not included:

  • Transportation to and from South Africa
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Transportation not mentioned above
  • Beach chair or umbrella rentals
  • Baggage Fees
  • Services and tours not listed
  • Visas costs, if applicable
  • Passport costs, if applicable
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities

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