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Program #19398RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Meals: 35 total, 12 breakfasts, 3 brunches, 8 lunches, 12 dinner

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian; Gluten Free.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Courtyard Hotel Eastgate: Johannesburg, 2 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: The Courtyard Hotel, a beautifully appointed, Tuscan-themed hotel, is located on a small lake only 15 minutes from the Johannesburg International Airport in a very secure area. All studio suites have private, attached bathrooms, and either twin or double beds.

Contact info:
9 Zulberg Close, Off Ernest Oppenheimer Road,
Bruma Lake
Johannesburg, 2100 South Africa
phone: +011-27-(0)11-622-8436
web: https://www.citylodge.co.za/cy2.php

Room amenities: Large rooms include full bathrooms, seating/office area, television, patios overlooking the lake as well as coffee/tea making facilities, telephone, radio, hair dryer, TV, AC/heat, safe, fan, safe/lock box, and electrical outlets. Refrigerator, ironing board, and iron are available on request.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, pool (not heated), restaurant serving continental meals, bar, room service, and US currency exchange. Hotel staff can provide laundry service during week-days; guests can also do their laundry for a nominal fee. Guests can get 15 minutes wireless free per day on each of their personal wireless devices. After the 15 minute deal guests can purchase a voucher from the front desk or via credit card on the web link. The purchase will generate a username and password to be entered on screen by the guest. Alternatively, a PC computer and printer is available at the guest office but the 15 minute free wi-fi deal does not apply. The voucher prices vary by time: in summer 2012 30 minutes of wireless costs 30 South African Rand, 1 hour is 50 South African Rand, 2 hours is 90 South African Rand, 4 hours is 145 Rand, and 1 day is 195 Rand.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Program Provider
Please phone EXPLORE, Inc. at 888-596-6377 for more information.

Check in time: 2:00 PM

Knysna Log Inn: Garden Route, 2 nights
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Built in 1998, the Knysna Log Inn provides accommodations influenced by the city's natural wonders- the sparkling Knysna Estuary and coastline as well as the breathless Outeniqua Mountains. The building itself mirrors its surroundings, using yellow wood logs throughout, slate flooring and natural river rocks as accents. Large stained-glass windows let in plentiful light which illuminates the automnal hues. The Log Inn is centrally located in the heart of Knysna, within walking distance of local amenities and the Knysna Quays.

Contact info:
16 Gray Street
Knysna, 6571 South Africa
phone: +011-27-(0)44-382-5835
web: www.log-inn.co.za

Room amenities: Each room is equipped with a deck, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, electronic safes, remote control televisions, direct dial telephones, hairdryers and tea/coffee making facilities, as well as full bathroom facilities.

Facility amenities: The Log Inn boasts a year-round swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens, as well as a Jacuzzi and sauna. A restaurant and bar area are on-site. Fax services are available, as are laundry services, room service and an on-site curio shop (the Inn takes South African Rand and all major credit cards as payment). Wireless is available for your personal device in your room or the reception area. Ask for the password at the reception desk. This service is free of charge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Harbour House: Hermanus, 1 nights
Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: The Harbour House is ideally situated at the edge of the Old Harbour in Hermanus, which has bustled with fishmongers and other colorful figures since the 1800s. Positioned only a few feet from the ocean's breath, the hotel makes for an ideal spot for keen whale watchers and is only a few minutes walk from the town center. Each of the spacious, modernly-decorated rooms are individually furnished to the highest standard with en-suite bathrooms, sitting area, balcony, direct satellite televison, kitchenette and contemporary art paintings. The hotel offers a large infinity pool overlooking Walker Bay, enticing meals at the hotel restaurant, as well as a wine bar featuring South African award-winners.

Contact info:
18 Harbour Road
Hermanus, South Africa
phone: +011-27-(0)28-312-1799
web: www.harbourhouse-hermanus.co.za

Facility amenities: Guests can access the internet free of charge by using a computer available in the business center. To access the internet on your personal device you must pay for wi-fi via credit card; your card is charged according to the amount of time you spend on the internet. On your device, connect to the guest Wi-Fi, click on an internet browser, and enter your information on the payment landing page. Wireless is available in all rooms and hotel areas. For other services, such as laundry amenities and/or items, the Harbour House accepts South African Rand and all major credit cards.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Oude Werf Hotel: Cape Winelands, 1 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: Established in 1802, Oude Werf is South Africa’s oldest and most historic hotel, and continues to be the leader in South African hospitality and fine dining. Located on the vibrant Church Street, in the historical core of Stellenbosch, Oude Werf retains the graceful and serene ambience of Georgian style throughout. Soft hues and antique furniture have been tastefully aligned with the comforts of modern living to create a calm haven from which to base your exploration of the Cape Winelands. The “1802 Restaurant” is renowned for its traditional and international cuisine and boasts a wine list that will satisfy even the most sophisticated connoisseur. The site of Oude Werf has an interesting story to tell: beneath the floorboards of the Oude Werf kitchen lies the site of the Dutch colony's first church in South Africa, built in 1686 when Governor Simon van der Sel and the Reverend Johannes Overneij decided religious worship should be moved out of the colony ships.

Contact info:
30 Church Street
Stellenbosch, 7600 South Africa
phone: +011-27-(0)21-887-4608
web: www.oudewerfhotel.co.za

Room amenities: All rooms have full, en-suite bathroom facilities as well as bathrobe, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, direct satellite television, tea & coffee making facilities, mineral water, air conditioning, safe, telephone and a work desk with lamp.

Facility amenities: Oude Werf Hotel is located within walking distance of many of Stellenbosch's historic landmarks. The hotel itself has a quiet, secluded courtyard that comprises a beautifully landscaped garden with a vine-covered courtyard and heated swimming pool. The Kromme Elleboog Lounge provides respite with a cozy fireplace and complimentary tea, coffee, and biscuits. The 1802 Restaurant is located on site, as well as a bar area. The hotel also has a separate conference room. Wi-fi is available all over the hotel property free of charge. Simply visit the Front Desk for the log in name and password and enter these details on your personal wireless device. For miscellaneous purchases, Oude Werf accepts South African Rand and all major credit cards.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bantry Bay Suites: Cape Town, 3 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: Located a short stroll from the sea and several sandy beaches, the Bantry Bay Suites lie nestled on the western side of Signal Hill, on a stretch of sea-facing land known as the “platinum mile.” The hotel is a short five minute drive from the lively Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and a 10 minute drive to the central business district. The hotel’s 41 suites all offer spacious rooms with separate lounge and dining area. The hotel boasts a swimming pool, and bar and lounge area where light meals and drinks are served.

Contact info:
8 Alexander Road
Bantry Bay
Cape Town, 8060 South Africa
phone: +27 (0)21 434 8448
web: bantrybay.ahagroup.co.za/

Room amenities: The hotel consists of 41 suites. Each suite has living areas, a private bathroom with separate bath and shower, and a balcony or terrace. Suites also boast air conditioning, television, digital safe, hairdryer, mini bar (stocked on request) and coffee/tea making facilities

Facility amenities: The hotel’s breakfast café serves a scrumptious breakfast, and the bar and lounge offer light meals and drinks until 10pm daily; room service is available throughout the day. The swimming pool provides a great place to cool off, and the beach and ocean are just a short stroll away. Reception is open 24 hours a day, laundry facilities are available, and business services offered include: faxing, printing and photocopying. The reception desk sells vouchers for wireless access at this hotel. Voucher fees vary by length of connectivity. For example, 30 minutes of access is 30 South African Rand; 1 day of access is currently 195 South African Rand. After obtaining your voucher, use your username and password provided to connect to the internet. You may use your personal wireless device or use a computer at the hotel's business center. Note: the wireless signal is weaker on the fifth and final floor of the hotel

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Honeyguide Camp: Manyeleti Game Reserve, 3 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: Honeyguide's Mantobeni and Khoka Moya Camps are set among Tamboti trees on the banks of a flowing riverbed. Accommodation is in very spacious and comfortable East African-style tents which are raised on platforms and possess luxurious amenities. Honeyguide is the original tented safari - a real "Out of Africa" experience, with great comfort, excellent food, superb game viewing and outstanding service. The camps are housed in the Manyeleti ("The Place of the Stars" in the local language) Game Reserve with a team of reliable staff who will share the wonders of the reserve with you on safaris.

Contact info:
Manyeleti Game Reserve, Limpopo Province, PO Box 786064
Sandton, 2146 South Africa
phone: +011-27-(0)11-341-0282
web: www.honeyguidecamp.com

Room amenities: Each spacious East African-style tent is built on a raised platform with approximately five steps leading up. There is a sitting area on the front end of the platform, including a comfortable couch, oversized chair and writing desk with lamp. The bed is in the center of the tent, with a dressing area just behind it. Unzip the back tent wall and there is a covered, walled bathroom area with shower, sunken bathtub, sink and conventional flush toilet. Each tent also has an electrical strip with common international plug configurations, so no plug adaptor or converter is needed here. A fan provides cool air, and hot water bottles are put in the beds if the temperature is chilly. 

Facility amenities: The main lodge area consists of a sitting area, library, bar, dining area, and swimming pool, all of which are open to the surrounding bush. The helpful lodge staff provide porterage, wake up calls, and complimentary laundry service. A telephone is available for guest use in the lodge main area. A safe in the manager office is available for guest use. A small curio shop is located on site, and accepts South African rand in cash as payment. The firepit allows guests to relish in the African sunset, warm up during cool weather, and enjoy refreshment with new friends. Lunch and dinner at Honeyguide include the freshest ingredients for truly sumptuous dishes, such as braised lamb shank or vegetable rolls with sweet pepper (you will be given a choice of plated main course with starters and deserts). In the morning you will be brought tea, coffee, and juice in your tent prior to your game drive; the game drive will include a stop for light refreshments, and once back at camp you are privy to a hearty breakfast. Wi-fi is available at Honeyguide Camps free of charge. Ask a ranger or a manager for the password to use on your personal device. The wireless works in both the common areas and tents. For miscellaneous purchases, Honeyguide accepts Visa and Mastercard in addition to South African rand.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 11:00 AM


The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
12 nights of accommodations
35 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 brunches, 8 lunches, 12 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
3 Flights during the program

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4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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