BBOT Travel Program
The Burnaby Board of Trade’s Experience Travel Program is your exclusive chance to experience international destinations in luxury at an affordable rate. These group trips are open to BBOT members and the general public and offer a chance to experience cultural and tourism highlights of various global destinations. If you want to be first to hear of new tour offerings, email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our update list.
Upcoming Tour: Experience South Africa
This 13-day trip will be a truly once-in-a-lifetime exploration of Cape Town and South Africa. Experience inspiring game drives through one of Africa’s top elephant and wildlife reserves, explore the vibrant city of Cape Town and prison island that held Nelson Mandela, cruise the scenic Knysna Lagoon and visit ancient forests along the Garden Route, and tour and taste your way through an esteemed winery on this dazzling experience.
May 16 – 28, 2020
$3395 per person (plus taxes – approx. $700)
Departing from Vancouver
Includes all airfare, all accommodations, English-speaking tour guides, daily breakfasts, and all sightseeing and tours listed below via air-conditioned coach.
- One and a half days safari drives in Addo National Park, home to 95 kinds of mammals, including the Big 5 and over 600 elephants
- Double-decker boat cruise on the Knysna Lagoon
- Visit to primate sanctuary with over 550 monkeys
- Winery tour and tasting at a 200+ year old heritage winery
- Visit to Robben Island, UNESCO World Heritage Site and site of 18 years of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment
- Days at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Cape Town with its beaches, shopping destinations and world-class dining
- May 16/17: Vancouver / London
Depart this day from Vancouver to begin our journey. Enjoy services onboard flight enroute to London. Overnight on board
- May 18: Arrive Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town this morning where you will be warmly received and transferred to your premier hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest or to begin exploring this incredible city at your own pace. Overnight in Cape Town.
- May 19: Cape Town
After breakfast, head to the famous V & A Waterfront and depart to one of the most famous prisons in the world on Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was at Robben Island that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years as a political prisoner. Experience a unique guided tour conducted by one of the actual former prisoners which concludes with a visit to the small cell of Nelson Mandela. Balance of the day is free. Breakfast. Overnight in Cape Town.
- May 20: Cape Town/Oudtshoorn
This morning we drive to Oudtshoorn’s famous Cango Caves. Formed over millions of years, these spectacular natural formations feature vast caverns and beautiful dripstone pillars which will be explored through a guided tour. This underground wonderland is one of the world’s great natural sites, sculptured by nature through the ages. Breakfast. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.
- May 21: Oudsthoorn/Knysna
Oudsthoorn is the ‘ostrich capital of the world,’ so today enjoy a delightful visit to a local, working ostrich farm and interact with these unique birds. Later, enjoy a scenic drive over the Outeniqua Pass to Knysna, one of South Africa’s post popular destinations. There, enjoy a cruise through the serene waterways of the Knysna Lagoon on a double-decker boat and take in the stunning views. Breakfast. Overnight in Knysna.
- May 22: Knysna/Zuurberg Mountain Village
Today, drive to a unique mountain top retreat called the Zuurberg Mountain Village which appeals to romantics, families, nature lovers and those looking to escape city life. After checking in, depart for a safari drive through the famous Addo National Park, the third largest national park in Southern Africa and a malaria-free area. Addo is home to 417 species of birds and 95 kinds of mammals, including the ‘Big 5’ and over 600 elephants. The route goes through 5 different biomes with a diverse variety of beautiful flora and fauna. Breakfast. Overnight in Zuurberg.
- May 23: Addo National Park
After a hearty breakfast, experience a full day game safari to Addo National Park to see additional species including zebra, antelope, hyenas, lion and buffalo. Addo National Park provides some of the best game viewing experiences out of all the safari parks in South Africa. With a rich and diverse landscape, every twist and turn within the road opens up a new and exciting page in your safari adventure. Breakfast. Overnight in Zuurberg.
- May 24: Zuurberg/Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth
Depart Zuurberg and drive to the Tsitsikamma National Park home to the 800-year-old ‘Big Tree’. Tsitsikamma is a coastal reserve well known for its indigenous forests and dramatic coastline, and you’ll see an abundance of birds, wildlife, and unique plant species nestled amongst stunning landscapes. Later, visit the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary, and meet more than 550 primates including lemurs, squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys and gibbons. Breakfast. Overnight in George.
- May 25: Tsitsikamma National Park/Nederburg Wines/Cape Town
This morning, trace the fascinating history of the Huguenots at the Huguenot Memorial Museum. The French Huguenots fled religious persecution in Europe and settled here at the end of the 17th century, adding an invaluable thread to the South Africa’s cultural tapestry. Later, visit Nederburg Wines, one of South Africa’s largest and most prominent wine producers established in 1791. Enjoy an interesting tour of the winery and its facilities before experiencing a memorable tasting of their delicious wines. Breakfast. Overnight in Cape Town.
- May 26: Cape Town
Enjoy a luxurious breakfast at our hotel, before deciding how to enjoy Cape Town on this day at leisure. Perhaps lounge on the nearby beaches, explore the stunning views atop Signal Hill, take in one of Cape Town’s many museums, shops and restaurants, or participate in an optional full-day scenic tour to the southern tip of Africa and the Cape of Good Hope. Breakfast. Overnight in Cape Town.
- May 27/28: Cape Town / London / Vancouver
Today we depart South Africa, but not without a free day to do any last minute shopping, take in one of Cape Town’s many museums or restaurants, or go golfing. Or, consider an optional tour to Table Mountain and get a top-of-the-world view of Cape Town, before transferring to the airport and the flight back to Vancouver. During our layover in London, enjoy a visit to Windsor Castle with an optional guided tour of this stunning castle that’s been home to British kings and queens for over 1,000 years. Breakfast. Flight home.
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