South Africa is a coveted destination this year for travelers from the United States: According to data from South African Tourism, the first quarter of 2017 saw a 6.3 percent increase in visitors from the United States to South Africa, compared with the first quarter of 2016. Also, the airfare prediction app Hopper saw a 36 percent increase in flight searches this spring for travel in the fall to South Africa from the United States, compared with the same period last year.
A vacation to South Africa can be affordable; more trips are being offered at reasonable prices.
Travelers looking for an urban escape, for example, can choose a five-night Captivating Cape Town trip from South African Airways Vacations, which includes a sightseeing tour of the city, a tour of the Cape Peninsula and a tour of the Cape Winelands region. The offer is valid for travel from Aug. 11 to Dec. 9. From $1,899 a person, it includes round-trip flights from Kennedy International Airport in New York or Washington Dulles International Airport to Johannesburg, internal flights, accommodations, ground transfers, daily breakfast and scheduled tours. Book by calling 855-359-7228.
The travel company Friendly Planet has a nine-day Taste of South Africa package. Included are four nights in Cape Town and four game drives in Entabeni Safari Conservancy, a reserve known for its abundant wildlife. Departures available through August 2018. From $1,999 a person, including round-trip flights from Kennedy International Airport or Washington Dulles International Airport to Johannesburg, ground transportation and transfers within South Africa; some meals; sightseeing in Cape Town and game drives. Book by calling 800-555-5765.
The tour company Collette is offering the 14-day Spectacular South Africa Culture and Nature in Harmony itinerary. The package covers stays and guided tours in Johannesburg and Cape Town; a safari in Kruger National Park; a stay in the picturesque resort town of Knysna; and a stay in the Cape Winelands region. Departures available starting in January 2018 through 2019. From $2,649 a person, which includes accommodations, tours and some meals. Book by calling 800-340-5158.
Luxury seekers can consider the seven-day Cape’s Labor of Love, a culinary-focused private trip from Immersion Journeys. Travelers stay in both Cape Town and the Cape Winelands region, visit wine, olive oil and cheese producers and enjoy meals in renowned restaurants. The price, from $3,495 a person, includes upscale accommodations, tours, transfers and some meals. Book by calling 917-686-2620.