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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: 33 total, 12 breakfasts, 3 brunches, 8 lunches, 10 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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Melrose Place Guest Lodge: Johannesburg, 2 nights
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Melrose Place Guest Lodge is an owner-operated, boutique hotel that is conveniently located in the Melrose district of Johannesburg. The lodge’s lush, tranquil gardens are a haven for a wide variety of birdlife, and make for a relaxing and charming environment. The guest lodge is conveniently located near Rosebank center, within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. Melrose Place prides itself in personalized service and attention to detail. This property is truly an oasis in the city.

Contact info:
12A North Street
Melrose
Johannesburg, South Africa
phone: +27 (0)11 442 5231
web: www.melroseplace.co.za

Room amenities: Each of the 30 individually decorated en-suite rooms are generously sized and offer very comfortable bedding. Rooms feature their own entrances and patios with secluded views of the shady picturesque gardens. Coffee and tea is offered daily at no additional cost. Rooms feature satellite television as well as a wall safe and a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Melrose Place includes a large swimming pool as well as complimentary access to a large, modern fitness center open 24 hours a day. Lunch and dinner are prepared by the resident cook and are available upon request. Onsite laundry and dry cleaning services are also available. Free wireless internet is available in all guest rooms.

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

Additional nights before: Please phone EXPLORE, Inc.
Please phone EXPLORE, Inc. at 888-596-6377 for more information and exact pricing.

Check in time: 3:00 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, hair dryers 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.

Mooiplaas Guesthouse: Oudtshoorn, 1 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: Located on a family-run, working ostrich farm, Mooiplaas Guesthouse offers four-star accommodations in the heart of the Klein (Little) Karoo. All of the 13 suites are located in the main farm house, with views overlooking the farm, valley and Swartberg Mountains in the background. In addition to a tasty and filling breakfast, the guesthouse also offers a dinner menu featuring local recipes.

Contact info:
Volmoed
Oudtshoorn
Western Cape, 6620 South Africa
phone: +27 (0) 44 2794019
web: www.mooiplaasguesthouse.co.za

Room amenities: The spacious suites have a lounge area, bedroom and large bathroom with shower, bathtub, hair dryer, as well as air conditioning, safe, honesty mini-bar, and coffee/tea making facilities with free homemade rusks. Rooms have either one king or two twin beds. All rooms include luxury crisp linen bedding, thicker mattresses, custom comforters and fluffier pillows.

Facility amenities: Amenities at the guesthouse include on-site laundry and free Wi-Fi. The dining room offers fine local cuisine and serves a full breakfast. At night torches are lit and give a warm glow to the evening atmosphere.

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 including a hair dryer, 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

Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge, Waterfront: Cape Town, 3 nights
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge boasts an enviable location in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, an exciting haven for harbor vessels, fishing boats, lounging seals, and travelers looking to see Nobel Square (statues of South Africa's four Nobel Prize winners) or to shop and dine with Cape Town's best. The lodge offers comfortable and stylish accommodation in the “Mother City." Within the hotel, enjoy stunning views of the harbor as well as Table Mountain. This modern, recently refurbished hotel provides a full range of services including multiple eateries, free wireless hotspots throughout the hotel and knowledgeable staff.

Contact info:
Portswood Road
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, 8001 South Africa
phone: +27 -(0)21-406-1911
web: www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-breakwater-lodge-waterfront.html

Room amenities: All rooms offer full, en-suite bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, satellite television, radio, direct-dial telephone, coffee/tea making facilities and Wi-Fi internet connectivity.

Facility amenities: Facility amenities include two on-site restaurants, a coffee/cocktail bar, room service, laundry facilities, fitness center, and business center with computer access. The hotel is within close proximity to several sporting facilities, too, including tennis, squash and golf. Wireless is available at this hotel, including the rooms. The first thirty minutes is free; after that thirty minutes guests must pay for the internet. To connect to wi-fi stop by reception for a voucher and use this voucher to connect on your personal device (alternatively, guest can connect on a hotel computer). For wireless and other miscellaneous charges, the lodge accepts South African Rand and Visa.

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. The rooms are not fitted with hair dryers however one is available on request at reception. 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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
12 nights of accommodations
33 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 brunches, 8 lunches, 10 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
3 Flights during the program

Ratings

4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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