Think going on safari means roughing it? Think again. Lion World Tours (tel. 800/387-2706; www.lionworldtours.com) is offering a package called "Safari in Absolute Style," which includes airfare, six nights in South Africa, game drives, meals, airport-hotel transfers, and more for $2,995.
After your flight from New York or D.C., you'll be met by a Lion World Tours representative and transfer to the five-star Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, named for the mountain range that flanks the property in Cape Town. Rooms either face the water or the mountains, and you're within paces of the surrounding Table Mountain National Park. Take the complimentary shuttle to the Victoria and Albert Waterfront in Cape Town and enjoy the city's vibrant culture, arts, and restaurants. Back at the hotel, hang out at the pool, opt for a hydrotherapy treatment at the spa, or escape inside for a screening at the on-site private movie theater. Enjoy a special dinner at the restaurant Azure at the hotel with a flight of the country's best wines.
Twelve Apostles will be your home for four nights, after which you'll fly to the Madikwe Safari Lodge for two nights in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge is all-inclusive -- that means game drives, too -- and its small size of only 20 suites makes for a private experience. At the reserve, you can expect to see the Big Five (leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo and lion), but you may also see one of the 250 species of birds that call this terrain their home. At the lodge, cool off in the plunge pool and then get ready for an evening of alfresco dining.
Why is this a deal? Well, according to Kayak.com, a multi-city flight itinerary starts at $1,687 with taxes for flights to and from the United States to South Africa, and from Cape Town to Johannesburg. The Twelve Apostles Hotel starts at $500 per room per night for this travel period (or $1,000 per person for four nights), and Madikwe Safari Lodge starts around $724 per person per night (or $1,448 per person for the two-night stay).
If booked separately, your airfare and hotel would come to about $4,135 per person; this air-inclusive package saves you $1,140 before you even start thinking about the fact that this deal includes the charter flight to and from the Madikwe Game Reserve, game drives, airport transfers, most of your meals, a wine tasting, and more.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; partially escorted
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Airfare from New York-JFK or Washington-Dulles to Cape Town, intra-country charter flights, four nights in Cape Town at the luxury Twelve Apostles Hotel, two nights at the Madikwe Safari Lodge, four game drives, most meals, transfers, fuel surcharges, and taxes.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Guide gratuities
Book By: July 29
When: Oct. 1-Nov. 30, 2011
Other Gateways: Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Miami (add $50); Dallas, Houston (add $100); and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle (add $150)
Other Details: All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price.
The single supplement is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal. For this trip, the single supplement is $690.