MykandaTrip

The SouthAfrican Experience

South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana

When we say "Mykanda" Trip, we really mean it!

Build this experience the way you want.

This trip is open to men and women of ALL nationalities

 

WHY REGISTER NOW:

To preserve an intimate and personal experience for our explorers; space is limited. To give you ample time to plan and make this a trip of a lifetime without breaking the bank!  

How Does It Work?

  1. Register for Trip

  2. Customize Your Experience

  3. Create Payment Plan & Stick To It!

Create relationships well before we event get into destination with our online community, travel parties.  Assistance with passport and visa provided. Room pairing option available.

iExplore South Africa 

Sept. 17, 2021

 $50.00 Early Bird Special - Sorry You Missed It!

Mid-Term Registration (Ends Soon) $100.00 down, $200 by April 30, 2020

Monthly payment plans with final payment due June. 15, 2021

Hello Explorers,

Ready for another exciting adventure? This edition of exploration takes us to the majestic land of Africa, rich in culture, history, resources and things to do! We'll travel in a small affinity group comprised of other bucket list travelers excited to check this off of their list with you.  Our package is designed to guide you to some of the most popular destinations within the country while giving you time and choice to veer off on your own. Your travel agent will keep you informed and help you prepare for the trip, while our GoGirls and Tour Professional facilitate the events in destination. 

The fun and excitement starts well before we get into destination. From online travel parties to actual meet ups and fun facts shared to helping you tailor this experience for you and whatever (or who ever) you are celebrating it with. The itinerary below gives you an idea of what to expect but trust, we plan to put our spin on it with surprises, giveaways, contests, exclusive events and more!

 
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Group Meet & Greet with Girl Let's Go iExplore Bag M.A.P.

  • Round Trip Flight from JFK to Cape Town

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Flight to Mpumalanga

  • Flight to Victoria Falls (for those extending)

  • Air conditioned coach transportation in destination

  • English Speaking Tour Guide

  • Daily breakfast and additional meals as detailed in itinerary

    • Expedition 1: Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

    • Expedition 2: Robben Island Tour

    • Expedition 3: Cape Town Tour

    • Expedition 4: Table Mountain

    • Expedition 5: Peninsula Tour

    • Expedition 6: Seal Island Cruise, Penguin Colony & Cape of Good Hope

    • Expedition 7: Day Winery Tour

    • Expedition 8: Kruger National Park Safari Experience

    • Expedition 9: Johannesburg Scenic Panorama Journey

    • Expedition 10: SOWETO Tour, Museum & Orphanage Engagement

  • In Destination Boat, Train and Air Transit 

  • Online Travel Parties & Travel Club Raffle & Giveaways

  • Monthly payment plan

  • Room mate pairing assistance program

  • Trip prep, passport and visa assistance

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$4495.00 Per Person

11 Day Expedition

Optional Experience (14 Day Total)

Victoria Falls Extension $1695.00

You'd be remiss if you traveled all the way to Africa and didn't stay to witness and experience one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders, Victoria Falls. Allow us to welcome you with a traditional Boma Dinner with mouth-watering selections form our chef, camp fire, a selection from the Amakwezi dancers, and drumming extravaganza. Extending for this portion of the tour will include your flight into Victoria Falls and Visa entry fee, as well as a sunset cruise on the amazing Zambezi River, a guided tour of the Victoria Falls (option to swim to Devils Peek additional) and a riverboat safari and open vehicle spectacular of Chobe National Park. 

"An unimaginable experience." Venita, Ready

What's Not Included
  • Meals & beverages not listed in itinerary

  • Personal tips & gratuities

  • Early check-in & late check out of rooms

  • Hotel stay if arriving day early at JFK

  • Travel Insurance - Get Quote

  • Visa/Passport handling fees

Additional Info

  • Acquisition and accuracy of all travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.
  • Monthly payment plan required for all registered guests
  • Price is listed per person, based on double occupancy (two people in each room)
  • Prices for vacation packages are subject to change until you are fully deposited.
  • Price is based on US dollars and the current exchange rate(s) at the time of publishing this trip. In the event that there are considerable currency fluctuations, or imposed fuel surcharges by the airlines, we reserve the right to add those costs to  your invoice. In this event you will be advised in writing prior to final payment. Price is guaranteed once final payment has been made. 
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Detailed Itinerary

Please note, this itinerary is tentative days and events are subject to change. The actuated itinerary will be given to explorers prior to departure, any changes in destination will be by the call of the tour guide as conditions dictate. For this reason, discourage clients from making prepaid plans or arrangements for additional excursions or activities, doing so is done at your own risk or loss in the event the itinerary is modified. Participants who choose to opt out of experiences included in this package do so at their own expense.

Sept 16, 2021

Optional - Eat & Greet

Say hello to your GoGirl, Travel Agent and the rest of the Mykanda Group today! Though this day is optional we highly recommend guests arrive today to lessen the likelihood of factors that could prevent you from making tomorrow's flight. You'll have much of the day to yourself but plan for a quick gathering and ice breaker.

Sept 17, 2021
Day 1 | Wheels Up

We'll get together for a quick corral and fly out as a group. Flight itineraries are not released by the airlines until 330 days prior to departure. Once this information becomes available we will notify you. Note that this may not be a direct flight and you may need to change planes at least once on route.

Sept 18, 2021
DAY 2 | Welcome to – Cape Town

Welcome to Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Upon arrival, we'll introduce you to our tour guide and you'll be transferred to your hotel, expect the Protea Hotel or similar 4 star accommodations. Cape Town has the reputation as being the most laid-back city in the Southern Hemisphere. We know you're tired, get some rest.

  • Day at Leisure
  • Overnight in Cape Town
 
Sept 19, 2021
DAY 3 | Captivating Capetown

After breakfast we'll corral for transfer to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is the city’s most visited destination, offering a range of exciting activities, diverse cuisine and shopping for the discerning traveler. It's situated in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbor. 

 

Today we want to give you a tour of Robben Island, notoriously known as the cruel home of former president Nelson Mandela. When you visit the site of this suffering and realize how far South Africa has come from those days, this is a highly charged an emotional experience for most.  We'll bring you back to the V&A Waterfront where you'll have some time to debrief from this emotional voyage and enjoy lunch (at your own expense) and festivities as you tour the town. 

 

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a half day tour of Cape Town. You will see iconic buildings, snatches of history, and experiences the uniqueness of this city.  Take the cable car up to the summit of the legendary Table Mountain from where you’ll be able to see to the end of the world, including the city and surrounding layout of this southernmost tip of Africa and tonight we'll planned an amazing 3 course meal and interactive welcome dinner for, drum roll please!

 

  • Breakfast
  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
  • Robben Island
  • Capetown City Tour
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Overnight Cape Town
 
Sept 20, 2021
DAY 4 | Peninsula Tour

Grand rising! After breakfast, we'll head out for a full day Peninsula Tour and the Fairest Cape….and it surely is! You’ll soon see for yourself where and why it earned its name. Sit back and relax, we’re going to drive along the exquisite stretch of coastline known as the Millionaire’s Paradise – from Camps Bay and Clifton to the exclusive beach of Llandundno – towards the charming working harbour of Hout Bay. A Seal Island cruise is included. Back on terra ferma, we wind along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive, hugging the cliffs and relishing the breathtaking ocean views, before arriving at the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve an integral part of the world renowned Cape Floral Kingdom. Once at the Cape Point, you will have time to explore on your own. Take a ride up on the funicular for magnificent views (funicular ticket is included). We meander back along the coast towards the city, visiting the historic naval port of Simon’s Town where you will have some free time to enjoy lunch (at own expense) at Bertha's Restaurant. Continue on to visit the enduring penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach. You'll return to the hotel after the tour.

 

  • Breakfast
  • Peninsula Tour
  • Seal Island Cruise 
  • Cape of Good Hope Natural Reserve
  • Funicular Ticket 
  • Fairest Cape Experience
  • Penguin Colony
  • Overnight Capetown
Sept 21, 2021
DAY 5 | iExplore Day at Leisure

After breakfast, the day is at leisure. We have some suggestions for you to consider, or you can discover on your own. Tomorrow you have a flight to catch so pack up and get ready for a whole new side of Africa!

 

  • Breakfast
  • Day at Leisure
  • Overnight in Cape Town
 
Sept 22, 2021
DAY 6 | CAPE TOWN - MPUMALANGA 

After breakfast, we'll transfer you to the Cape Town airport for your flight to Mpumalanga. No worries, the flight is included in your package. Upon 

arrival, we'll drive to Hazyview, just outside Kruger National Park. Here you'll get checked in and enjoy the day at leisure.

 

  • Breakfast
  • Flight to Mpumalanga
  • Day at Leisure
  • Overnight in Mpumalanga
 
Sept 23, 2021
DAY 7 | KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

A safari in an open vehicle at Kruger National Park isn’t to be taken lightly. It’s a privilege beyond imagination, for this, one of the world’s most famous game reserves, is not only vast with a glorious diversity of wildlife and birdlife, it’s also renowned for its ever-changing African landscapes.  Our qualified, experienced field guides know the terrain and the protocol intimately, and their skills, combined with the superb visibility afforded by our specially modified safari vehicles, guarantee a wonderfully wild experience. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Today, you will spend the entire day game viewing from your open vehicle in this unspoiled 20,000 square kilometer park. Return to your hotel after the safari and the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

  • Breakfast
  • Kruger National Park
  • Overnight in Mpumalanga
 
Sept 24, 2021
DAY 8 | MPUMALANGA - JOHANNESBURG

 

After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and travel overland to Johannesburg, via the scenic Panorama route. Travel along the circular Panorama Route, first visiting Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains; then stop at the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa before heading via Gaskrop to Johannesburg. Johannesburg, often referred to as Jo'burg, is South Africa's largest city, the centre of South African commerce and industry as well as the financial capital of Gauteng. Renowned as the City of Gold, Johannesburg is a vibrant city with a vast web of suburbs and townships, with a wealth of things to see and do. After hotel check in enjoy the day to yourself.

  • Breakfast
  • Panorama Route Tour to Johannesburg
  • Leisure Time
  • Overnight in Johannesburg

Sept 25, 2021
DAY 9 | JOHANNESBURG

                                                                                                    

After breakfast take a tour to Soweto with a township lunch at Sukhumzi’s Restaurant.  Brimming with good cheer, Sakhumzi is popular for its daily lunch buffets.  SOWETO an acronym for South Western Township, is the largest Black residential area in South Africa that has a population of more than 3.5 Million. Today's tour gives you an opportunity to interact with the local residents of the township and ask questions that have been on your mind. To help you answer them, we'll also visit the Kliptown Open Air Museum, Hector Pieterson Museum, Regina Mundi Church, Apartheid Museum and visit a local orphanage and have a photo stop outside Mandela House.

 

     The Apartheid Museum. This is a must-see for anyone wanting to really understand and experience apartheid. The exhibits include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artifacts illustrating the events and human experiences that are part of the epic saga known as apartheid. Return to the hotel after the tour and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

  • Breakfast
  • Sukhumzi's Tour and Lunch
  • Museum and Photo Stops 
  • Overnight in Johannesburg

Sept 26, 2021
DAY 10 | JOHANNESBURG

                                                                                                    

Transfer to the Johannesburg airport for your flight back to North America.

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Sept. 26, 2021
vDAY 10 | JOHANNESBURG-VICTORIA FALLS

Board the bus after breakfast, we're flying into Victoria Falls. This afternoon (approximately 4 pm) embark on a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River.  The Zambezi River cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the river. You'll have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant and sometimes even rhino as well as enjoy the many different bird species.  There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets.

 

  • Flight to Victoria Falls
  • Zambezi River Cruise
  • Overnight in Victoria Falls

Sept. 27, 2021
vDAY 11 | VICTORIA FALLS

After breakfast the group will take a guided tour of the falls. Check this one off your bucket list, it's one of the greatest wonder's of the world.

 

The remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight we have a 4 course dinner extravaganza planned for you. Don't rush off after dinner, we have an evening filled with entertainment from Amakwezi traditional dancers, a local story teller and a fortune teller and drumming ceremony.

  • Breakfast
  • Victoria Falls Experience
  • Boma Dinner Extravaganza
  • Overnight Victoria Falls
Sept. 28, 2021
vDAY 12 | VICTORIA FALLS – CHOBE (BOTSWANA) – VICTORIA FALLS

Breakfast served at your hotel. Today will be a sensational full day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana. Land and water-based game viewing is included. Just sit back, relax, and keep those binoculars handy.  When we disembark from the boat, we join our open safari vehicle for a drive through the Chobe Game Reserve with the chance of seeing more wildlife and birdlife, followed by a gorgeous lunch at the Chobe Safari Lodge overlooking the Chobe River. We'll return to the hotel so you can pack and prepare for your flight tomorrow.

 

  • Breakfast
  • Chobe National Park
  • Overnight Victoria Falls

Sept. 29, 2021

vDAY 13 | VICTORIA FALLS – Johannesburg

We'll provide shuttle ("Transfer")service to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg and then to JFK so you can return to your family.

 

Destination Info

Africa

Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most populous continent, containing one-fifth of the earth’s entire land surface. Africa has a large blessing of natural resources, including diamond, sugar, salt, gold, iron, cobalt, uranium, copper, bauxite, silver, petroleum and cocoa beans, but also woods and tropical fruits etc. It holds almost 30% of the world's known mineral reserves. Africa is the world's fastest-growing region for foreign direct investment. It's home to more than 40 different nations and around 2,000 languages. Sub-Saharan Africa has six of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies. 

 

Usually, the number one reason for travelers to visit Africa is to embark on a safari or to climb Kilimanjaro, and while Africa certainly does have some of the most prolific wildlife viewing opportunities and one of the seven summits, there are so many more reasons to visit Africa. The most common limiting factor on trips is how much time you have available when visiting a continent that is one and a half times the size of North America!

 

Duration summaries

1-6 nights

This is an extremely short period of time to visit Africa, especially if you are coming from North America considering your flight time, jet lag and desire once in destination. For a trip like this, if you're coming form a nearby location would be doable.

7-9 nights

Again, not recommended (but doable) if you are coming from the United States. This would be a short trip to Africa, but can work if you only want to visit one or two areas.

10-15 nights

This is the most popular length for a safari trip, allowing for relatively well paced combinations of 2 or 3 locations. But best to avoid combinations of Eastern and Southern Africa.

16-21 nights

If you have the extra time available for a longer trip, then the incremental cost can be relatively low. Options open up for all nicely paced and with a huge range of experiences.

24+ nights

For longer duration we are talking about some serious life-changing trips, sabbaticals and epic journeys. The range of locations that can be combined is mind-boggling and the pace can be really nice and slow, which adds quality and depth along the way. We love working on these longer trips!

Factors that Affect Your Price

When to go travel to a particular location, things really boil  down to what you're in pursuit of...great weather or a great price. Traveling during peak season your bound experience higher crowds, and pay the highest dollar for accommodations, food, and excursions etc. On the flip side of the coin, if you're not allergic to a bit of rain, severe temperatures, inclement weather etc., you may find pricing to be more attractive and crowds to be minimal. Having said that, The best time to visit Africa tends to depend on wildlife - with May to October being popular months in the game-rich plains of East and Southern Africa. In the north, the desert winters are chilly and the summers hot - spring and autumn are much more pleasant. June to early September coincide with the Wildebeest Migration, and gorillas can be seen in Uganda and Rwanda all year round.

Passport & Visa Information

South Africa strictly enforces entry and exit requirements and other immigration laws. Failure to observe these requirements may result in the traveler being denied entry, detained, deported, and/or deemed inadmissible to enter South Africa in the future.  If you are traveling to South Africa, you are required to have a valid passport that is valid for at least 30 days past your departure from the country and (2) consecutive unused visa pages. 

  • Information provided by the Department of State regarding the U.S. Citizens visiting South Africa can be found by clicking here.

  • Information on vaccinations required to enter this country can be found at http:wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ we will assist with reminders but ultimately it is the traveler's responsibility to ensure they meet the entry requirements.

Lifestyle Considerations

Travelers should be respectful of their laws and religious practices in other countries. From attire to public displays of affection and lifestyle. Below is an article on LGBT Lifestyles in South Africa. Ultimately it is up to each person to do their own research and govern themselves accordingly.

Disclaimer

Information on this page is provided for your assistance with research on matters that are important to you. It is not an all inclusive report and should not be used conclusively to make decisions on your trip. Rather, you should consult with the governing authority for each area of concern by phoning or emailing them directly. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided by third party sources.

 
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Hotel Accommodations

Explorers can expect 4 Star Hotel Accommodations throughout their trip. We will release specific hotel information prior to departure. This section is to showcase accommodations that are being considered in the finite itinerary; you can expect these hotels or similar. It is important to remember that wen traveling outside of the USA, the term and category of accommodations is relative to the standard of living in the country you are staying.

Protea Hotel by Mariott 

Protea Hotels is the leading hospitality brand in Africa and boasts the highest hospitality brand awareness in the Continent with 80 hotels across nine countries including South Africa. For the progressive yet pragmatic traveler seeking a high-quality travel experience, Protea Hotels offer modern design and amenities with warm, personal service so every guest feels important and cared for. Each hotel is uniquely designed, providing guests a taste of local flavor in a truly authentic way.

 

Hippo Hollow Country Estate

Hippo Hollow Country Estate is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Hazyview, offering a romantic environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay. As your “home away from home,” the hotel rooms offer air conditioning, and getting online is easy, with free internet access available. Guests have access to a concierge, beach chairs, and shops while staying at Hippo Hollow Country Estate Hotel. In addition, Hippo Hollow Country Estate offers a pool and a lounge, which will help make your Hazyview trip additionally gratifying. And, as an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests. If you like Italian restaurants, Hippo Hollow Country Estate Hotel is conveniently located near Topolino's Italian Restaurant. Plus, during your trip, don't forget to check out a historic site, such as Shangana Cultural Village. Enjoy your stay in Hazyview!

Crown Plaza Rosebank

The Rosebank is a contemporary and stylish Rosebank hotel that is ideally located for business and leisure travel in one of Johannesburg’s most popular suburbs. This 4 star hotel is only two blocks away from The Rosebank Gautrain station, a 30-minute drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport and just a short drive from the Johannesburg and Sandton Business Districts. 

Bayette Lodge

Set on leafy grounds, this tranquil lodge with a thatched roof is 5 km from Victoria Falls Bridge, 4 km from the Devil's Pool Victoria Falls, a natural pool before a waterfall, and 20 km from Victoria Falls Airport. The property is newly renovated to a high standard and it enjoys a beautiful setting within lush tropical gardens, adding to the relaxing ambience. There are 25 rooms across vary levels; deluxe, executive, honeymoon suite and family cottage. All have air conditioning and benefit from power sockets, USB sockets, tea and coffee making facilities and bathroom toiletries. There is always a supply of insect repellent on hand and a mosquito net over the bed.

SPECIAL NOTE

Pictures shown are for illustration purposes only, your actual room may vary. Remember to inquire about room upgrades which are an additional fee but well worth the upgrade if you're looking to kick your experience up a notch. Room accommodations are subject to availability and we reserve the right to provide similar accommodations in the event a change is required. It is also important to consider that the standard of living in other countries may differ than that of what you are used to. Therefore, is should be expected that your idea of a US Standard 4 Star rated resort or hotel may be different.

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Mid-Term Special: $100.00 Down * Monthly Payment Plan * Final Payment Due: June 15, 2021

  • Your $100 registration holds your spot within our group so you have time to work out the kinks of the trip and get your deposit together without having to worry about us selling out without you.

  • Once registered you'll have until April 30th, 2020 to fulfill the remainder of your deposit ($250.00 per person).

  • Maintain your email, join our online community, and participate in the engaging activities leading up to the trip.

  • Unless you are paying for a spouse or minor, each individual registered on the trip is responsible for their own invoice and must register separately.

Room Mates

  • If you need a room mate, you can list yourself in the trip classifieds. We only offer this option to people who are fully deposited and current on their payment plan to help you choose between serious travelers.

  • Prices for this trip are expressed based on double occupancy, if you want to travel as a single occupant the supplement fee is $595 Main Tour | $395 Victoria Falls

  • If you start with a room mate and they cancel, you will be given an opportunity to replace them as long as it is before 120 days of departure. Your new room mate must register and complete their final payment.

Refund Policy & Vacation Protection (Insurance):

If you want the benefit of any type of compensation, credit or refund, you will need to purchase a travel protection policy as our trips are sold as non-refundable, non-transferable investments. The purchase of certain travel protection policies (like cancel for any reason) are time sensitive, and should be purchased at the time of your initial booking. You may purchase travel protection on your own or shop through our partnerships found at www.GirlLetsGo.com/travelprotection. Since Travel Protection is priced based on specific factors about you (your age, state, desired coverage, etc.) your policy may vary in cost from others traveling with you.